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How to get a vasectomy

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This will hopefully be a painless introduction to the process of getting a vasectomy. A vasectomy is a serious undertaking and should be considered irreversible. Any goggle worthy pics will be linked so as to spare the viewer.
 
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Step 1: Visit your regular doctor

Remember, this is irreversible, consult with your regular doctor first, ask him for recommendations for a board certified urologist and a complete physical. Check the credentials of your Urologist, don't just pick him from the yellow pages.


Step 2: Going to the urologist

This is the initial uncomfortable part, you're asking this man to perform a surgical procedure on you, therefore there will be a complete exam. If you've never been to the urologist before, look forward to: A hernia check, a digital rectal exam, a microscopic exam of your seminal fluid and a check for epididymitis. At this point, some Urologist will request that you go to a counseling session, because a vasectomy is considered irreversible. Mine said "How's thursday for you?"

Step 4: The day of the procedure

Call off work. You will need a, preferably, attractive friend to drive you to the doctor's, if he has prescribed you a valium, take it about 1 hour before your appointment time.

The procedure, the doctor will have you disrobe, and your scrotum will be swabbed with betadine solution, the doctor will ask you to lay back on the table, but if you like you can prop yourself up on your elbows and watch. The doctor will inject Novocaine under the skin of your scrotum and after a suitable waiting period come back and make two small incisions into the skin. Reaching in, he will pull the vas deferens outside the scrotal sac. I'm a little hazy at this point ;-) But the deferens were severed and the ends tied. The vas deferens were pushed back inside and the incisions sutured.
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heatblast4 years ago
ouch..........that's gotta hurt.
westfw7 years ago
Recovery time seems to vary quite a bit. I was sore for about the two weeks mentioned, but some of my contemporaries healed faster. You didn't mention the frozen peas (a bag of frozen peas makes a reasonably good and quite form-fitting ice pack; good for lots of things. Everyone should have a package of frozen peas in their freezer.) Does anyone know to what extent (if any) the various "fertility" procedures available these days are able to conceive a child starting with a man who's ha a vasectomy? Reversibility goes down over time. I was told that after a couple years your body develops antibodies for sperm, so it's not JUST that the ducts aren't connected anymore.
Tool Using Animal (author)  westfw7 years ago
I did forget the peas ;-) I also forgot that I was admonished not to take a bath, but to shower only to keep water from leaking in...
OK..... WHO...........IS.........GOING...........TO.............EAT...........THE.............PEAS????
Bigdawg7 years ago
I've never been a fan of the K'nex gun instructables. Until now. They don't give me a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach! ;-)
Pazzerz Bigdawg5 years ago
BWUAAAHAHAHAHAHAA! K'nex is scraping the bottom of the barrel to me!
westfw7 years ago
Oops. one more comment (?) If you're NOT 100% certain that you don't want to have any (more) kids, I believe it's a relatively simply matter to "bank" sperm before your operation. There's probably a yearly fee attached to "private" storage of your genetic material; looks like "about" $100/year (most of the hits on "sperm bank fees" seems to be about buying sperm. That ... interesting, from a sociological point of view...)
Pazzerz westfw5 years ago
Also: there are many children already in this world who are going to need good parents. I myself don't feel the need to propagate my own species ( I've been told I was a species unto myself, once... but she was angry and we were breaking up...).
vasdef6 years ago
One thing not mentioned: There are many cases where the snipped vasdeferens regrew and attached itself again, making it possible for the little tadpoles to find their way onto that crusty gym sock. Mother nature always finds a way...
Pazzerz vasdef5 years ago
The procedure that I had solved this problem: One end was 'sewn' inside the scrotal sac while the other end was outside. When the incision healed, there was no way for the little buggers to make their way out.
Thinktank7 years ago
One word. Lobster. I am done.
No, Two Words: Rock Lobster
my grandad mentioned something about bulldog clips for 24 hours once.....
ow!!!...
my uncle uses rubber-bands for cows.....000000wwwwww!!!!
Bubbler7 years ago
Cutting the Vas Deferens makes a vast differenze!
rickyd! Bubbler5 years ago
ha!
LMFAO.
Matt D6556 years ago
does it hurt like hell?
Tool Using Animal (author)  Matt D6556 years ago
No, the only part that hurt was when the incision was made, and it hurt no worse than when they prick your finger for blood. The jock strap for two weeks is the unpleasant part. That and maybe explaining to your boss why you can't do heavy lifting. ;-)
Cryptonat6 years ago
OMHO.... Evil!
maven6 years ago
I found it interesting as a woman (39yrs old) that after giving birth to my last child, every single Dr and nurse who cared for me in the hospital asked did i or when was I having my tubes tied. Yet our family practitioner tried to talk my husband (age 50) OUT of a vasectomy just in case he wanted more children someday! A bit of gender inequality there... My husband decided a simple out-patent surgery for him beat having to take full care of the kids for a month or more it would have taken me to recover from a major abdominal surgery.
gannon7 years ago
You can buy a do-it-yourself kit on ebay and save big bucks.
Eww. That is all.
Elastometer7 years ago
Nobody, but nobody... Get's within reach of my Tookie with a razor!
Well, I'm sure you could singe the hair off with some careful application of a blowtorch. Would you prefer that? :P
ya know, once you've been there as your wife gives birth to a couple of children, having a razor near your "tookie" really ought to seem like a pretty small risk... That's one of the major advantages of a vasectomy; it's a hell of lot less invasive and less dangerous than ANY sterilization procedure for women...
You forgot a vary important step. Step 2.5 put some on ice in case you change your mind, you don't need the revers procedure.
westfw7 years ago
I suppose someone should say "while a successful vasectomy is one of the most effective forms of birth control possible, it does not provide either partner with any protection against sexually transmitted diseases."
Duranis7 years ago
"Don't worry the Doctor doesn't expect you to fill it"..... LMAO! Best use of photo's ever! :)
zmatt7 years ago
Lmao, THE GOGGLES THEY DO NOTHING!
canida7 years ago
A very useful Instructable! Hopefully it gets referenced a lot.
You should add a "why" step.
jackrackam7 years ago
Is that the Simpsons I see! Radioactive man rulez.
Williz7 years ago
Uh it IS reversible.
Mitten Williz7 years ago
It's a serious undertaking that should be CONSIDERED irreversible. I'm sure its not cheap and/or comfortable to get this reversed.
lebowski Mitten7 years ago
That's pretty much exactly what the doctors will tell you. I've also heard plenty of stories where guys get all the way to d-day and then just don't show up at the doctor's office, but I'm not quite sure what they tell their wives. After your wife goes through giving birth to your child(ren), it's pretty hard to come up with any excuse that's gonna fly. A friend of ours passed out after he was shaved by the nurse. I'm not sure if all procedures require shaving though.
Kiteman Williz7 years ago
Reversability is not certain, it is only possible if you are lucky.

When tenderness finally reduces to a point where you could consider ... er ... extreme friendliness with a person of a female persuasion, remember that viable sperm can still be released for several weeks thereafter. A colleague who had the snip was told to stick with condoms for six months after the op, just to be on the safe side.
So...you were serious about making one... Did you just have one, or something?
No i had it five years ago
...what the hell man!?
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