Vasectomy is a simple and effective form of long term birth control undertaken by the male. The procedure can be performed either using local anaesthetic or under general anaesthetic.
If performed using general anaesthetic the patient can be discharged on the same day. Even though the procedure is often thought of as being painful, most men tolerate the operation with minimal post-operative symptoms and in fact can easily return to work the following day.
It is important to note however that the procedure does not cause immediate sterilization. You will need to continue using protected intercourse until you are given clearance by your Urologist which can take many weeks.
Prior to undergoing vasectomy you should be completely sure that you do not wish to father further children and you should have had considerable discussion with your urologist about the pros and cons of the procedure.