Permanent surgical procedure for men to prevent fertility.
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Our bottom line
Invasive or non-invasive sterlization is a one-and-done procedure to stop reproductive function of a man's body. It's highly effective and irreversible.
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- Get the procedure once and never worry about getting someone pregnant again.
- No hormones or chemicals going into your body.
- All the spontaneous sex you want.
What’s the failure rate?
of people using this method got pregnant in a year
This method is ranked 2 out of 17 birth control methods listed. The lower the number, the better.SourceMore birth control methods
- It's not always effective right away, as there will be leftover sperm in the vas deferens (sperm tubes) – backup contraception should be used for up to 16 weeks.
- Irreversible, so you have to be sure you don't want biological children in the future.
- There's always a risk of complications with surgery and anesthesia.
- Doesn't protect you from STDs
How it works
- Vasectomy is the most common procedure for male sterilization. Sperm enters the semen through ducts called vas deferens – during a vasectomy, the vas are are cut and sealed, or blocked with a small medical device.