Are you looking to have a vasectomy in Barcelona with an English-speaking urologist?
Very widespread in Anglo-Saxon countries, the vasectomy is a reliable method of male contraception. It has many advantages and has no side effects for the men.
If you are looking for a reliable form of contraception and wish to have a vasectomy in Barcelona, make an appointment with our urologist.
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure used as a method of male sterilisation or contraception. It involves cutting the ducts through which sperm pass after leaving the testicles (the vas deferens) to prevent them from passing outwards.
However, it does not prevent ejaculation. On average, sperm only make up 2 to 3% of the ejaculate. The sperm is mainly composed of secretions from the prostate and seminal vesicles.
There are two methods of vasectomy:
- The "classic" vasectomy: this consists of two small incisions in the scrotum (the envelope containing the testicles). The vas deferens are cut and a small part can be removed.
- The "no scalpel" vasectomy: this consists of a single small incision in the middle of the scrotum to cut the ducts. The opening is made with special tools. It is so small that stitches are not necessary.
Both methods are equally effective, but the latter has the advantage of reducing the risk of post-operative haematoma.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of vasectomy?
The biggest advantage is that it is a very safe operation. Indeed, the risks of resulting complications or mortality are very low. Compared to bilateral tubal ligation in women, vasectomy is less prone to serious complications and is less expensive.
In addition, it is one of the most reliable methods of contraception available and has no side effects for the man.
However, unlike the preservative, it does not provide any protection against sexually transmitted infections.
Who should have a vasectomy?
Vasectomy is for men who want permanent, non-reversible contraception. Indeed, although it is theoretically reversible, the operation to reconstruct the ducts exists under the name of vasovasostomy, but it only leads to pregnancy in 40 to 50% of cases.
Most of the time, this method is used by couples who have satisfied their desire for parenthood and wish to free the woman from the constraints of contraception.
What happens during a vasectomy at Turó Park Medical Clinic
Before the operation, you will need to make an appointment with our urologist, who will explain the procedure and the consequences of this medical procedure.
Most of the time, the operation is performed under local anaesthesia on an outpatient basis. When a general anaesthetic is required, a pre-operative anaesthetic consultation is necessary a few days before the operation.
You should also be aware that self-preservation of sperm can be carried out beforehand on request. The urological surgeon makes a small incision on each bursa to reach the vas deferens, then isolates and cuts it by making a ligature.
What are the possible complications of a vasectomy?
In the vast majority of cases, the operation is carried out without complications. It does not cause side effects, nor does it affect sex life, erection, ejaculation and sexual desire.
However, there is no such thing as zero risk and the most frequent complications are:
- Temporary infection,
- Acute or chronic pain,
- Congestive epididymitis (inflammation of the testicles).
How effective is vasectomy?
Vasectomy is one of the most reliable methods of sterilisation (99%) but its effectiveness is not immediate. After the operation, many sperm are still present in the vas deferens. You will need to use another method of contraception until a spermogram (i.e. a semen test) shows that there are no sperm in the ejaculated fluid.
Generally, 20 to 30 ejaculations or a delay of 2 to 3 months after the surgery is required before the spermogram is done.
Our urologist in Barcelona
Dr. José Carpio