When you’re considering a vasectomy, it makes sense that you’d want to see a men’s health specialist with expert surgical skills. S. Adam Ramin, MD, is a board-certified urologist and surgeon who provides vasectomies at his practice in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles. He meets with you first to discuss the details of a vasectomy and provides ample opportunity for you to ask questions about the procedure. Schedule an appointment today. Call the office or book your visit online.
A vasectomy is a minor surgery that’s used as a permanent form of male birth control. The procedure blocks sperm from reaching the semen, which is the fluid that’s ejaculated from the penis. The semen still exists but contains no sperm. The testes still make sperm after a vasectomy, but it cannot reach the semen. The unused sperm eventually dies and are absorbed by the body.
Unlike temporary birth control measures, such as the pill, the vasectomy provides a permanent solution to avoiding pregnancy. It’s more effective in preventing pregnancy than any other birth control method except abstinence.
When compared to female sterilization options, such as tubal ligation, a vasectomy:
A vasectomy does not affect the production or release of testosterone, so it does not interfere with a man's sex drive, facial hair, deep voice, and other masculine traits generated by testosterone. You can expect erections, climaxes, and the amount of ejaculate to remain the same as before the surgery.
Vasectomy is a quick procedure that’s performed at Dr. Ramin’s office. He first isolates the vas deferens (the tube that carries sperm) under the skin of your scrotum and holds it in place while delivering an injection that numbs the area. Dr. Ramin then uses a surgical instrument to make a tiny hole in the skin. This allows him access to the vas deferens, which he cuts and ties off. Dr. Ramin may close the skin wound with a single suture to help speed healing.
After the procedure, you can expect mild discomfort, bruising, and swelling that typically respond well to mild pain relievers, acetaminophen (Tylenol®), and ice packs applied to the area as directed for a day or so. Symptoms should resolve within 2-3 days. Dr. Ramin provides complete aftercare instructions before you leave the office on the day of your procedure.
To schedule a vasectomy consultation with Dr. Ramin, call the office or book your visit online.