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What is a vasectomy?

Vasectomy, or male sterilisation, is a popular form of permanent contraception chosen by millions of men worldwide.

Men who choose vasectomy have to be 100% sure that they do not wish to have any further children in the future no matter what changes in circumstances might occur.


How is it performed?

A vasectomy is a simple surgical procedure which takes approximately 30 minutes.

In this community out-patient clinic we use a technique called “minimally invasive vasectomy”, which means that only a small puncture wound is made to the scrotum. No scalpel is used to cut the skin and no sutures should be needed. This is carried out under local anaesthetic and you will be awake throughout.

The sperm carrying tubes, called the vas deferens are sealed using cautery, to prevent sperm entering the semen which you will continue to produce. 


What conditions would make this minimally invasive procedure unsuitable for me?

  • Immunosuppression
  • Unstable heart condition or diabetes
  • Scrotal surgery, including for undescended testes
  • Scrotal Hydrocoele or Varicocoele
  • Inguinal Hernia
  • Current sexually transmitted infection such as chlamydia or history of epididymitis
  • A bleeding disorder
  • Taking “blood thinning” medication such as warfarin ( in case of Aspirin, we can proceed but patient will need to stop this 3 days before and restart 2 days after the procedure)
  • Allergy to Local Anaesthetic
  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 35
  • Drug or Alcohol misuse
  • Hypersensitivity of scrotal skin
  • Anxiety affecting the ability to lie still for 30 minutes
  • Partner is currently expecting a child


How will vasectomy affect me?

Having a vasectomy does not affect your male hormones, ejaculations, orgasm or sperm production. Sexual feelings and ejections should remain unchanged.

After you have received the “all clear” letter about your sample, you will continue to produce semen from the prostate and seminal vesicles, and when you ejaculate it will look the same; you will not be able to notice that there are no sperm present.


Please be aware that this method of sterilisation is not immediately effective.

You will need to produce a semen sample 14 weeks after your operation.

You need to continue with alternative contraception until you have received the "all clear" letter.


How do I book an appointment to discuss vasectomy?

For patients registered with a Hull GP there are 3 options:

  • Self-Referral by ringing: 247111
  • Filling out the self-referral form
  • Referral letter from your GP

For patients registered with an East Riding GP, you will need to discuss with your GP referral to an alternative service, as we are only commissioned to provide this service to Hull patients. 

Locations offering this service
Conifer (City Centre), Wilberforce Health Centre, 6-10 Story Street, Hull, HU1 3SA

Tel: 01482 247111 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

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Fridays: 8am – 4.15pm
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