Vasectomy-Three questions answered.



How effective is a vasectomy?

Vasectomies are more than 99 percent effective: In the first year after a vasectomy, only one to two women out of every 1,000 becomes pregnant by their partner.

Are vasectomies covered by insurance?

Vasectomy is often covered by health insurance. Depending on your personal plans deductible and co-insurance, however, your insurance policy may or may not cover the entire cost of the surgery. Check with your insurance company before scheduling a procedure.

Does a vasectomy affect ejaculate?

A vasectomy has very little effect on ejaculate itself. Semen consists of sperm, fluid from the seminal vesicles, and fluid from the prostate gland. During a vasectomy, strictly the vas deferens is blocked, not the seminal vesicles or prostate, so sperm is the only thing missing from the ejaculate. (Sperm comprise only 2-5 percent of typical ejaculate, so removing them has little or no effect on the volume, appearance, color, or consistency.)

Reviewed October 12, 2012, by Larry Lipshultz, MD – Urologist

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