Vasectomy at London Clinic

Welcome to Pulse Light Clinic’s Vasectomy Treatment! Considering a vasectomy is a significant decision, and we’re here to provide you with all the necessary information and expert care to guide your choice. Explore how a vasectomy might be the right option for you and learn about our seamless, comfortable procedures designed with your well-being in mind. Your path to an informed decision begins with us!

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What it a Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a permanent method of contraception for men. It is suitable for those who are certain they do not want children in the future or do not wish to have more children.

Who Can Have a Vasectomy?

Regardless of whether you are single, married, divorced, widowed, childless, or have a family, any man can choose to have a vasectomy. The decision is entirely yours. It is a safe and effective procedure, but as it is permanent, it should only be considered if you are completely sure about not wanting children in the future. Men under 30 or those without children may be more likely to regret the decision later. It’s important to note that vasectomy reversals are not routinely performed by the NHS.

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You should not consider a vasectomy if you are currently under stress related to pregnancy concerns, relationship issues, or other life stresses. If in a relationship, we strongly advise discussing this decision with your partner, although their consent is not a prerequisite.

How a Vasectomy Works

During intercourse, sperm travel through two tubes called the vasa deferentia and mixed with semen. In a vasectomy, these tubes are cut, tied, or sealed, preventing sperm from mixing with the ejaculate. You will still ejaculate, but the semen will not contain sperm, significantly reducing the risk of pregnancy. Note that a vasectomy does not protect against sexually transmitted infections.

At PLC, we offer the non-scalpel vasectomy procedure under local anaesthesia, which involves less pain and a quicker recovery compared to the scalpel method.

Essential Information Before Your Procedure

  • Preparation: You may eat a light meal and drink fluids before your treatment, but avoid alcohol. Shave the area if instructed, using a razor (not hair removal creams as they may irritate the skin).
  • Procedure Duration: The non-scalpel vasectomy typically takes 15-20 minutes.

Steps of the Procedure:

    1. Local anaesthetic is applied to numb the scrotum.
    2. A small opening is made using a cautery or fine instrument.
    3. The tubes are cauterised and sealed.
    4. A small section of each tube is removed.
    5. The procedure is repeated on the other side if necessary.
    6. The site may be stitched and dressed with dissolvable sutures.

Risks and Complications

  • Common risks include soreness, minor bruising, and swelling. In rare cases, infection, bleeding, or haematoma can occur.
  • Chronic testicular pain affects approximately 1-2% of men.
  • The procedure has a very low failure rate, but early recanalisation (where the tubes naturally rejoin soon after surgery) occurs in about 0.36% of cases.

Post-Procedure Care and Follow-Up

After the procedure, you will need to submit at least one semen sample to confirm the absence of sperm before the vasectomy can be considered successful. It would help if you used alternative contraception until you receive an all-clear from us. The recovery period typically involves resting and avoiding strenuous activities for up to two weeks. Wear supportive underwear and manage any discomfort with over-the-counter pain relief.


Before proceeding, you will undergo a medical assessment to discuss any relevant health issues. A physical examination of your scrotum will also be performed to ensure suitability for the procedure.

Consent will be thoroughly discussed, and you will be required to sign a consent form.

Book an in-clinic consultation at any of our five clinics in London.

Choosing a vasectomy is a significant decision. We encourage you to consider your options carefully and discuss them with healthcare professionals and potentially your partner. At Pulse Light Clinic, we are committed to providing comprehensive support and information to help you make an informed decision.

For more detailed information or to book a consultation, please get in touch with us at your convenience.

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    Vasectomy Frequently Asked Questions

    What is a vasectomy, and how does it work?

    A vasectomy is a permanent form of male contraception that involves cutting or sealing the tubes (vas deferens) that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis. This prevents sperm from mixing with the semen and reaching the egg.

    Is a vasectomy 100% effective?

    No contraceptive method is 100% effective, but vasectomies are one of the most effective forms, with a failure rate of less than 1% (about 0.15% after a year).

    Can a vasectomy be reversed?

    Yes, a vasectomy can be reversed through a surgical procedure called vasovasostomy or vasoepididymostomy. However, the success of reversal decreases over time and is not guaranteed.

    Does a vasectomy affect sexual performance or libido?

    No, a vasectomy does not affect sexual performance, libido, or the ability to have erections. It simply prevents sperm from being part of the ejaculate.

    What are the risks or complications associated with a vasectomy?

    The risks are generally low but can include infection, bleeding, and pain at the site of the incision. Long-term complications may consist of chronic testicular pain in a small percentage of men.

    How long does recovery take after a vasectomy?

    Most men recover fully within a week, although some may need to avoid strenuous activities for a little longer. Discomfort can typically be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.

    Will I need time off work after a vasectomy?

    Yes, taking a few days off work is advisable, especially if your job involves physical labour. Most men can return to office work within a couple of days.

    How soon after a vasectomy can I have sex?

    You can have sex as soon as you feel comfortable, but it's recommended to wait at least a week to allow the incisions to heal. Remember, you'll need to use another form of contraception until your semen tests show no sperm.

    How is a vasectomy performed?

    At Pulse Light Clinic, we primarily perform the non-scalpel vasectomy, which involves making a small puncture in the scrotum to reach the vas deferens and then cutting and sealing them. This method typically results in less pain and quicker recovery.

    When will I know if my vasectomy was successful?

    You will need to provide a semen sample about 12 weeks after the procedure to be tested for the presence of sperm. Once tests confirm no sperm are present, the vasectomy is considered successful.