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The name vasectomy is the combination of two words, vas and ectomy. “Vas” refers to the tubes that transport sperm called the vas deferens and “ectomy” means to separate.  

During the vasectomy the vas deferens are separated which prevents the sperm from leaving the body.   This leads to a permanent form of birth control. Most vasectomies are performed within 20 to 40 minutes with minimal discomfort. 

Types of Vasectomies and Techniques

Traditional Vasectomy

The traditional vasectomy is the most common vasectomy technique used.  After numbing medication is applied to the skin the physician makes a small nick in the scrotum with a scalpel to gain access to the vas deferens.  The vas deferens is then separated.  Another nick is then performed on the opposite side and the procedure is repeated.

No Scalpel Vasectomy

The no scalpel vasectomy technique is used by a number of vasectomy physicians.  The no scalpel vasectomy was invented and first utilized in China.  After numbing medication is applied to the skin  the physician makes a small window in the skin with a specialized instrument.  The vas deferen is then grasped with a ring like instrument and separated.  Next using the same window the vas deferens on the opposite side is isolated then separated. 

No Needle Vasectomy

Instead of the traditional approach of using a small gauge needle to place anesthetic (numbing medication) into the skin. The No Needle Vasectomy uses a specialized pressure mechanism to pulse the numbing medication without the use of a needle. 

Pro-nox or Nitronox

Two competing brands for nitrous oxide that are provided in the office by some vasectomy providers to reduce pain and anxiety during the vasectomy.  The nitrous oxide is self administered and fast acting which allows patients to drive home in many cases after their procedure. 

What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is an office procedure that is an effective form of permanent birth control for men.  The vasectomy blocks the tubes in the scrotum from transporting sperm.

Benefits of getting a Vasectomy

There are a number of benefits to getting a vasectomy:

  • The vasectomy has low side effects and is a permanent form of birth control
  • A couple has completed their family
  • To eliminate the financial burden of another child
  • Your partner may have side effects from birth control
  • Your partner may have a medical condition that prevents the use of birth control
  • A female tubal ligation has more risks
  • You may have never wanted children and want to prevent a pregnancy
  • You may have had a divorce and are not interested in having another child


Will I be able to schedule A vasectomy without a consultation ?

In most cases you will be able to schedule your vasectomy without a consultation.  Some physicians may require a consultation prior to your vasectomy. There also may be restrictions with certain insurances or cities/states that require you to be seen by a physician before scheduling.

Prior to your vasectomy you will view our vasectomy video that describes the vasectomy along with risks and benefits.  You will fill out an online health registration, and receive instructions for before and after your vasectomy.  Finally, you can register for tips about your vasectomy that will be sent to your email. 

Do the Vasectomy Institute Physicians take insurance?

The cost of having a baby is much more than having a preventative vasectomy.  Some of the vasectomy physicians have chosen to accept insurance others physicians have decided to be out of network and provide you with a super bill that you can send to your insurance.


The vasectomy Institute physician’s love performing vasectomies. 

When you schedule a vasectomy with another provider you often have no idea of who will be performing your vasectomy.  In many instances you may be randomly placed on the first schedule with an opening. 

We connect you with a provider that is dedicated to performing vasectomies.  All of our providers are interested in providing you with the best experience possible. 

*although we screen our physicians we do not gaurentee specific results, or that the physicians remains certified or credentialed by their medical board or state.  

How Do I prepare for my vasectomy?

The Vasectomy Institute provides you with instructions of how to prepare before and after your vasectomy.   Your particular vasectomy provider may also give you additional information.  We also provide with an educational video that explains the  vasectomy procedure.  Finally, you can sign up for tips that will be sent to your email that will also help to walk you through the process.