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Vasectomy is a procedure in which the vas deferens is cut and then tied or burned (cauterized). The vas deferens is a tube that carries sperm from the testicle to the part of the body that drains urine from the bladder (urethra). This procedure blocks sperm from going through the vas deferens and penis during ejaculation. This ensures that sperm does not go into the vagina during sex. Vasectomy does not affect sexual desire or performance and does not prevent sexually transmitted infections.
Vasectomy is considered a permanent and very effective form of birth control (contraception). The decision to have a vasectomy should not be made during a stressful time, such as after the loss of a pregnancy or a divorce. You and your partner should decide on whether to have a vasectomy when you are sure that you do not want children in the future.
The procedure may vary among health care providers and hospitals.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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