We take consent seriously. Vasectomy should be considered non-reversible. There are alternative contraceptive options and sterilisation options for men and women.
Prior to your procedure you will be asked to sign a consent form. This details:
1) The procedure:
2) Details of procedure:
- The intention of the operation is to make the man sterile and incapable of fathering a child.
- The effect of the operation may not be reversible.
- There is a very small possibility that the man may become or remain fertile.
- A negative sperm count must be obtained before abandoning other methods of contraception.
3) The potential risks:
Common (greater than 1 in 10)
A small amount of bruising and scrotal swelling is inevitable for several days
Seepage of a small amount of yellowish fluid from the incision several days later
Blood in the semen for the first few ejaculations
The procedure should be regarded as irreversible. Although vasectomy may be reversed, this is not always effective in restoring fertility, especially if more than 7 years have lapsed since the vasectomy
Sufficient specimens of semen must be produced after the operation until they have been shown to contain no motile (moving) sperms on two consecutive specimens
Contraception must be continued until no motile sperms are present in two consecutive semen samples
Chronic testicular pain (10-30%) or sperm granuloma (tender nodule at the site of surgery)
Occasional (between 1 in 10 and 1 in 50)
Significant bleeding or bruising requiring further surgery
Inflammation or infection of the testes or epididymis requiring antibiotic treatment
Rare (less than 1 in 50)
Early failure of the procedure to produce sterility (1 in 250-500)
Re-joining of vas ends, after negative sperm counts, resulting in fertility & pregnancy at a later stage (1 in 4000)
There is no evidence that vasectomy causes any long-term health risks (e.g.testicular cancer, prostate cancer)