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Frequently Asked Questions

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 take up the added insurance of saving sperm prior to the procedure as an insurance policy to changed circumstances. This can be discussed and arranged with fertility associates

Is it painful?

The short answer is no. During the procedure the only uncomfortable part is the injection of the local anaesthetic which takes a few seconds. 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.

Can my partner be present for the procedure?

Absolutely. Your partner is welcome to be there for moral support throughout the procedure.

Can vasectomy affect my sexual function?

No. Sperm makes up about only 1% of the ejaculate volume so you will not notice any difference following the operation. There is also no way that vasectomy can affect erectile or orgasmic function.

What's the failure rate?

The chances of the operation not working are about 1 in 300. This will be picked up in the initial semen analysis. If the procedure is unsuccessful and technically possible, you will be offered a repeat procedure with Snip free of charge.  Once the required clear semen result have been produced, the failure rate of vasectomy is extremely small (1:2,000).

Where do I go to have a vasectomy?

Snip has a number of vasectomy clinics throughout New Zealand including Takapuna, Henderson, Newmarket, Manukau, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wairarapa, Lower Hutt, Wellington, Christchurch and Invercargill.