Vasectomy (male sterilisation) is a procedure usually done under a local anaesthetic. Vasectomy does not affect a man’s sex life – lovemaking may, in fact, become more spontaneous.

Vasectomy should be viewed as irreversible. Reversal surgery is possible but it may not be successful. The pros and cons need to be discussed carefully by the couple and with their doctor.

The decision for any type of sterilization is so final, a couple should both be really sure they do not want to try instead one of the fully reversible alternatives for women with similar reliability that are now available. The Family Planning Association (FPA) helpline 0845 310 1334 will supply further details and leaflets.


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