Frequently Asked Questions On Vasectomy

General Questions on Vasectomy

How much does a vasectomy cost?

At Snip we offer one price of $595.00.

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How can I pay for my vasectomy?

No up-front payment or deposit needed. You pay for you procedure on the day.

Payment can be made by Eftpos, credit card, cash, or AfterPay.

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Do I need a GP referral for a vasectomy?

No, you do not need a referral from your GP. You can book your appointment directly through us.

How old do I have to be to have a vasectomy?

At Snip we do not have a minimum age. We respect each individuals decision to get a vasectomy.

Do I have to have kids to get a vasectomy?

No, you do not have to have kids to get a vasectomy here at Snip.

How long does the procedure take?

Our no-scalpel vasectomy method will have you on and off the chopping block within 15 minutes.

What do I wear to my vasectomy?

Comfortable underwear is key! Briefs are recommended to support your boys. You can even double up for bracing.

Can my partner be present at the procedure?

If you would like a support person or a hand to hold then please let us know.

Due to the current Covid-19 circumstances some of our clinics have requirements when it comes to bringing a plus one. Please call us on 0800 377 647 to discuss the specific requirements for the clinic you are attending.

Does a vasectomy hurt? Where does the needle go?

You will feel mild discomfort when the local anaesthetic is injected into the scrotum, which only takes a few seconds. But this numbs the area for the remaining of the procedure. It will not be as painful as childbirth.

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A few hours after the procedure a dull ache may develop in the scrotal region and remain for a few days. This ache responds very well to simple pain killers.

Will I be knocked out during my vasectomy?

You will not be knocked out during your vasectomy. We will numb the area with local anaesthetic.

How long does it take for the vasectomy incision to heal?

The incision takes approximately 5 to 10 days to heal depending on the individual.

What is the success rate of a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is the most reliable form of contraception. 

The chances of not being sterile at the three month mark is 1 in 300. This will be picked up in the initial sperm check. If the procedure is unsuccessful and technically possible, Snip will offer you a repeat procedure free of charge.  

Once a negative sperm test is obtained, the chances of a vasectomy failing in the future is small (1 in 2,000).

Does a vasectomy make you lose testosterone?

No, a vasectomy does not make you lose testosterone.

Testosterone and sperm are produced in two different cells in the testicles. Testosterone does not go through the vas deferens (the tubes we snip). So blocking the vas deferens does not affect the production or transport of testosterone.

What if I am on testosterone?

Testosterone therapy inhibits sperm production by the testes. About 70% of men on testosterone therapy have no sperm in their semen.

If you are on prescribed testosterone therapy (or taking anabolic steroids) you might already be infertile.

Of course some men would still like to have a vasectomy if they are infertile (due to testosterone therapy) for extra caution or in case they stop them later. This is fine.

However, we suggest that you have a semen test BEFORE your vasectomy to test your semen.

  • If you still have sperm – we go ahead with your Snip.
  • If you don’t (and you still want to go ahead), we will not be able to do a clearance test at 3 months. As a negative result at 3 months does not prove the vasectomy has been successful (as it could just be due to the effects of your testosterone).
Will my health insurance cover the procedure?

Many private medical insurance companies will cover the cost of vasectomy under a surgical cover policy. We can provide you with a quote. Once you have the tick of approval let us know!

After my vasectomy

Can I drive home after my vasectomy?

Yes, it is safe to drive yourself home.

Can I drink alcohol after my vasectomy?

By all means. It has been a hard day, so you deserve it.

Can I shower after my vasectomy?

Yes, you can shower anytime. But baths are a no, until the incision has healed.

Can I eat after my vasectomy?

Of course. Treat yourself!

When can I go back to work?

If your work is sedentary you can return as soon as you like. However, if your job is physically demanding then we recommend taking it easy for at least a week, or until the site has healed.

What type of ice pack should I use?

We will provide an ice pack for your trip home. Once home any ice pack or frozen veges will do the trick. But to add a touch of class we recommend a supreme vegetable medley.

Vasectomy and sex

How long after vasectomy can I have sex?

As soon as you wish, but with contraception. You do not have to wait for the site to heal before continuing sexual activities.

When can I ejaculate after a vasectomy?

As soon as you please. You do not have to wait for the site to heal before ejaculating.

Will a vasectomy effect my sex drive?

Be reassured vasectomy will not affect your sex drive. But it will reduce the worry of unexpected surprises. 

Sperm makes up about only 1% of the ejaculate volume so you will not notice any difference following the procedure. A vasectomy will also not affect your erectile of orgasmic functions.

Can I have unprotected sex after my vasectomy?

No, you cannot have unprotected sex after your vasectomy. You must continue to use contraception until you have returned a negative sperm check three months after your procedure.

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How long until I am sterile?

Three months after your vasectomy we will remind you to do a sperm check. Once you receive a negative result you can consider yourself sterile.

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Vasectomy and exercise

How long after vasectomy can I exercise?

Returning to exercise after a vasectomy varies from individual to individual.

How long after vasectomy can I run?

You can return to running once the swelling and the ache has disappeared. This will be roughly two weeks.

How long after vasectomy can I swim?

You can safely swim once the incision has healed. Swimming includes in a pool, the ocean, relaxing in a spa or a bath. The incision takes approximately 5 to 10 days to heal.

How long after vasectomy can I lift weights and return to the gym?

You can return to lifting weights and gym activities once the swelling and the ache has disappeared, and the incision has healed.

Can I lift my children?

Yes, you can lift and pick up your children.

Vasectomy and cancer

Does getting a vasectomy cause prostate cancer?

There is no evidence to suggest that getting a vasectomy causes prostate cancer.

Does getting a vasectomy cause testicular cancer?

There is no evidence to suggest that getting a vasectomy causes testicular cancer.

Vasectomy reversal

Can a vasectomy be reversed?

Whilst there are procedures available privately to reverse a vasectomy, they are not always successful. The potential permanence should always be considered before undertaking a vasectomy as it should be assumed that a vasectomy signals the end of your ability to reproduce.

What if I change my mind and decide to have children in the future?

As discussed a reversal operation is available but not always successful. A few patients save sperm prior to the procedure as an insurance policy to changed circumstances. This can be discussed and arranged with Fertility Associates. 

What Next?

What is a vasectomy? Find out what’s involved and what you need to know before having the procedure.