Men’s Health Services
Australia has the second-highest rate of vasectomies in the world, after New Zealand, with one in four men over 40 having had a vasectomy.
A vasectomy is a highly effective form of contraception and involves cutting the tubes that carry the sperm from the testes, so ejaculated semen will not contain sperm. Instead, the sperm will be reabsorbed into the body.
Men often worry about the impact of a vasectomy on their sexuality however there is no impact on erection, orgasm or libido. The volume of semen also remains unaffected and just no longer contains sperm.
The chances of pregnancy after the procedure is about 1 in 2,000.
There are different vasectomy options available. At The Women’s Health Centre Southern Highlands, our experienced vasectomist, Dr Clea Anagnostopoulou, uses the No-Scalpel method. This technique only requires a single small puncture in the skin of the scrotum, under local anaesthesia, and does not require any stitches.
The procedure takes approximately half an hour.
You will be advised to rest for two days and avoid heavy lifting to ease the pain and swelling. Simple analgesia (eg. ibuprofen and paracetamol), supportive underwear or ice packs are also recommended. There can be some pain or discomfort for two-to-four weeks afterwards. In most cases patients can drive themselves from the appointment.
A pre- procedure assessment and counselling is provided by our vasectomist and a referral from a GP is not required.
A vasectomy does not work immediately. It can take several months and up to 25 ejaculations to clear the sperm in the vas deferens after the procedure. A semen test 3 months after the procedure will determine if it is safe to stop using other forms of contraception. You will be advised when you can resume sexual activity.
Can a vasectomy be reversed?
A vasectomy is generally permanent. Sometimes it is possible to re-join the vas tubes, but this does not guarantee the man will be able to produce another child. The chances of success decrease with time after the procedure. If there is any chance you may want children later, you can ask to have some sperm frozen. Discuss this with our vasectomist prior to booking the procedure.
An assessment consultation is required prior to the procedure appointment.
An assessment and procedure can be conducted on the same day. This, however, will be dependent on the assessment outcome. Please notify our receptionist if you prefer to have the assessment and procedure on the same day.
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PELVIC PAIN CLINIC
Endometriosis and pelvic pain are both common conditions in Australia and often underdiagnosed, with many women enduring prolonged periods of abnormal painful symptoms before receiving appropriate help.
As part of the National Endometriosis Action Plan, the Federal Government announced 22 National Centres, of which we are one, that were selected to develop an Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain clinic. The aim of these clinics is to facilitate timely access to assessment, management, referral and support for those experiencing pelvic pain due to, and exacerbated during, their periods.
With one in seven Australian women affected by endometriosis, we are pleased that we are able to expand our services to develop and provide this clinic in the Southern Highlands