Vasectomy at KBFPC
August 14, 2023
New Service Alert! No-scalpel vasectomy procedures are now available in-house at KBFPC with visiting surgical provider Dr. Anthony Markuson, and eligible for our Title X sliding fee scale discount program.
What is a vasectomy?
Vasectomy is a simple, safe form of permanent birth control for people with testicles. It is an office-based procedure that takes 10-20 minutes to complete. Vasectomy works by blocking the tubes (vas deferens) that carry sperm from the testes.
Vasectomy Benefits & Risks
Vasectomies are VERY effective, can make your sex life better, won’t change your hormones or body function, and are reliable as a “set-it-and-forget-it” form of pregnancy prevention. Vasectomy is a very safe, low-risk procedure, but with any surgery some complications can occur, such as mild bruising, pain, or risk of infection.
Vasectomies are Permanent
The procedure is meant to be permanent. Reversal surgery is complicated, expensive, and doesn’t always work – even if you get your vasectomy reversed, your fertility may not return, so you should be sure this is the right method of contraception for you.
The cost of a vasectomy can vary, and may be fully or partially covered by private or public insurance programs. Even if your vasectomy costs more than other methods up front, it usually ends up saving you money in the long run, because it lasts forever. Vasectomies are about 6 times cheaper than tubal ligation or removing tubes (“female sterilization”). At KBFPC, a vasectomy costs $1950 before any insurance or sliding fee scale discount is applied. KBFPC also requires a minimum 30-day waiting period between the initial consultation visit and your procedure.
How does it feel?
No-scalpel vasectomy uses special small tools to complete the procedure without cutting, which means no stitches are needed. The chance of complications is lower with the “no scalpel” technique and recovery is faster. Local anesthetic is used, and many people only experience soreness for 1-2 days after the procedure and then feel fine if following the post-surgical precautions & recommendations.
How quickly can I rely on vasectomy to prevent pregnancy?
Until your follow-up lab test 2-3 months after the procedure, another “back up” method of birth control or a condom should be used. After your lab test, your provider will confirm that your vasectomy was successful.