Frequently Asked Questions about Vasectomies in Ireland

Below is a list of the questions our Practice is frequently asked regarding vasectomy and men’s health.
The FAQs will be added to and updated on a periodical basis.

You should only have a vasectomy if you are 100% certain that you do not want to have any or any more children. If there are any doubts in your mind, we would advise you and/or your partner to look out for other means of long-term contraception which might be more suitable.

There is minimal discomfort in administering local anaesthetic at the beginning of your vasectomy. This mild stinging lasts about 10 to 20 seconds and then you will have no pain. There can be very mild discomfort following the procedure for about 2 days and this is easily relieved using rest, supportive underwear and over the counter simple painkillers such as Paracetamol and Ibuprofen.

You and your partner will need to use alternative contraception until you are given the all-clear following the submission and analysis of TWO semen samples at 16 and 18 weeks after the procedure. Instructions on semen analysis sampling will be provided to you at the time of your procedure.

While possible, vasectomy reversal can be very complex with variable success. The decision to proceed with your vasectomy must be informed and considered carefully. Vasectomy should be considered a permanent life-long contraceptive choice.

Depending on the type of job you do if it is sedentary there is no reason not to return to work the following day but it is preferable if possible to take a couple of days off after the procedure to minimise activity. Take 5 days off work if the work is strenuous.

You should be able to resume intercourse after 5 to 7 days. Contraception will still be required as there are sperm cells stored downstream from the surgery and these must be flushed out by repeated ejaculation, over the course of 4 months.

There is no association between your sex drive and a vasectomy.

There is no physical or biological way in which vasectomy can affect erection.

The operation does not alter testosterone levels. Testosterone is made by the testicle and transported around the body through the blood.

A vasectomy does not stop sperm production. The sperm will just be reabsorbed by the testicles naturally as they have nowhere to go.