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Most men have very little trouble after their vasectomy. We suggest that you:
You are not sterile immediately after your vasectomy. A semen sample is required at least 12 weeks after your surgery for us to check if the surgery has worked or not.
It is essential that you understand you are not sterile immediately after the operation. This is because some sperms have already passed beyond the site where the tubes are cut. These sperms need to be cleared by normal ejaculation.
Sperm will be present in your semen for some weeks after the operation. You must still use contraception (eg. condoms) during this time. Continued ejaculation is important to flush out all remaining sperm; usually at least 20 ejaculations are necessary to flush out all of the left-over sperm.
It is vital that you provide a semen sample (in the pot provided) at least 12 weeks after your surgery. This is the only way to know whether your vasectomy has been successful.
Sometimes, more sperm samples are required, if this is the case, we will contact you.
It is essential that you continue to use contraception until you have been told that your semen sample shows that the vasectomy has been successful.
At least 12 weeks after your surgery, you must provide a semen sample in the pot provided.
You should have been given a pot and a paper form. You must use the pot provided. If you have not got the semen pot or laboratory forms or they are damaged or lost, please obtain further supplies by telephoning 01709 427777.
The results will normally go back to the surgeon for review.
They will send you a letter/text informing you of your results directly. You will need to know the results before you can tell whether your vasectomy has been successful in making you sterile.
Continue using another method of contraception until you receive confirmation your surgery has been successful. You will be notified by letter/text.
It is your responsibility to provide semen samples as explained, when required. If you do not provide the necessary semen samples, you will not know if the vasectomy has been successful.
Please contact us on telephone 01709 427777 if you have provided a sample but you haven’t heard from us about the result.