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Dr. James Lin
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Vasectomy (Definition)

Tubes on both sides from testicle to prostate that carry sperm made by testicles are brought out through a small skin puncture in the scrotum and either cut, tied, burned or clamped. Simple procedure, cost effective and usually with minimal side effects. Low failure rate. Clinic procedure, done in office with local anesthetic to skin. Minimal down time. A very ...Read more


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Is the vasectomy effective birth control right away?

Is the vasectomy effective birth control right away?

No: There is a delay until vasectomy can be relied upon. Your partner will need to have a follow up semen analysis to confirm the absence of sperm. ...Read more

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Does a vasectomy solve any other issues other than birth control alone?

Does a vasectomy solve any other issues other than birth control alone?

No: It is only a method to provide for birth control which is to be considered permanent. Reversal is difficult and not always successful. ...Read more

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What should I expect after a vasectomy? For example change in sensation, and how effective is it for birth control?

What should I expect after a vasectomy? For example change in sensation, and how effective is it for birth control?

Effective : If successful, a vasectomy will prevent delivery of sperm through the ejaculate so that ability to inseminate an egg is very unlikely. This procedure is 99.9 % effective. You should have no noticeable changes in sensation or ejaculation. ...Read more

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What are the chances of pregnancy after successful vasectomy and while on birth control pills?

What are the chances of pregnancy after successful vasectomy and while on birth control pills?

Near zero: If the vasectomy has been confirmed to be successful by follow up testing then pregnancy is highly unlikely. Birth control pills are very effective when taken correctly. ...Read more

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How reliable is a vasectomy? My husband had one 2yrs ago, followed all post op directions, but I still insist on addl contraception.Am I overreacting?

Yes: If his post-procedure semen analysis negative, then there is no need for additional contraception. While not 100% effective (the "act of god" pregnancy can still occur), if negative then there should be no worries. ...Read more

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What causes an abnormal menstrual cycle? I am a healthy 33 year old female. I don't smoke, do drugs or drink. I have two children (12 and 10) both normal births. I have only one sexual partner (my husband) who had a vasectomy about 8 years ago. I have had

What causes an abnormal menstrual cycle? I am a healthy 33 year old female. I don't smoke, do drugs or drink. I have two children (12 and 10) both normal births. I have only one sexual partner (my husband) who had a vasectomy about 8 years ago. I have had

I : I can understand your concern as that is a very unusual menstrual cycle. Please take a pregnancy test to be sure that isn't the cause, but it sounds unlikely. Please have your thyroid hormones checked to be sure you are not hypothyroid. It is also important to be sure you are receiving adequate nutrition, as patient's with malnutrition can have irregular cycles. That is a very long time to go without a period so i advise that you do see a gynecologist and have this completely evaluated. ...Read more

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Birth control, help!?

Birth control, help!?

Many options: There are many options available for effective contraception. The best method for you depends on your age, medical history, your contraceptive goals ( long term or short term), previous forms of contraception and why you discontinued them, etc. Speak to your local gyn, they will be glad to discuss your options with you. ...Read more

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How safe is birth control?

Safer than Pregnancy: Since the birth control method is not specifed in the queston. In general, if a patient does not have contraindications to a specific method of birth control, all methods are considered safer than pregnancy, which has a higher risk of complications and mortality (death) rate). ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


Dr. Scott Keith
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more