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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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Is a vasectomy an effective form of birth control? What is the success rate for preventing pregnancy?

Is a vasectomy an effective form of birth control? What is the success rate for preventing pregnancy?

Yes: Vasectomy is definitely an effective method of birth control. There are less complications then when a female gets her tubes tied since this is an outpatient procedure. Done correctly and with a test of cure it is close to 100% effective. But you have to be certain you and your wife are done conceiving because it's quite a procedure to reverse it. ...Read more

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

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

Very low: It is very low if both of these measures have been used but, of course, there's no absolute. If you are both monogamous and don't want kids, just monitor for the low chance of pregnancy. ...Read more

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What are the chances of my birth control pills and my partner's vasectomy failing at the same time to result in pregnancy?

What are the chances of my birth control pills and my partner's vasectomy failing at the same time to result in pregnancy?

About 0: The chances of two excellent contraceptive methods failing at the same time are about zero, mathematically rounded off, of course. No worries. It is very, very rare for a guy with a successful vasectomy (got his semen checked some weeks after the surgery) to be able to start a pregnancy. ...Read more

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Is birth control pills, condoms, and a vasectomy a good combo of contraceptives to prevent pregnancy?

Is birth control pills, condoms, and a vasectomy a good combo of contraceptives to prevent pregnancy?

Contraception : Yes. All 3 of those together are very protective against pregnancy. Generally speaking, pregnancy would not be an issue after a male partner has obtained a vasectomy. This procedure would need reversal in order for pregnancy to occur. When used correctly birth control alone is 99.9% effective. Condoms are about 98% effective when used correctly. ...Read more

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Partner had successful vasectomy. Sperm count at zero. I'm on birth control. We use condoms and withdrawal method. Chances of pregnancy?

Partner had successful vasectomy. Sperm count at zero. I'm on birth control. We use condoms and withdrawal method. Chances of pregnancy?

No sperm: No sperm, no pregnancy possible. The main reason to continue using condoms is to protect against STDs. Birth control pills are 99% protective against pregnancy. Withdrawal method unnecessary given partner has had a vasectomy, you are on birth control pills and you are using condoms. ...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?

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?

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

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How good is birth control?

How good is birth control?

>95%: With "perfect" use (that is : not missing pills, and taking pills at the approximately same time everyday) more than 95% effective at preventing pregnancy. ...Read more

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How much is birth control?

How much is birth control?

Depends: This depends on where you live and what kind of birth control you want. The cheapest method i know of is to use a brand of pills called sprintec. It is $12 for 3 packs at any walmart or kroger. ...Read more

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Is birth control dangerous?

It all depends: Different birth control methods have different safety profiles. It depends on a individual woman's medical circumstances. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
2,365 doctors shared insights

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. Thomas Fiala
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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