Vasectomy is a form of male sterilisation where the tubes are cut or blocked.
By law you do not need your partner’s permission to have a vasectomy, but some doctors prefer both partners to agree after they have received information and counselling.
What happens during a vasectomy operation?
A large majority of men having a vasectomy will have a local anaesthetic, but sometimes a general anaesthetic can be used.
The operation takes 10-15 minutes and may be done in a clinic, hospital outpatient department or at some GP surgeries. The opening in the skin of your scrotum will be very small and will not require stitches.
You will need to use another method of contraception after your procedure, until you have been told that your semen test is negative.
If you have any concerns or problems it is important to seek medical advice as soon as possible.
What if I am not sure if I would like a vasectomy?
You should not have a vasectomy if you and your partner are not completely sure, or if you are under any stress. Reversal operations are rarely available on the NHS and are not always successful.
Can women be sterilised?
Women seeking information on sterilisation should speak to their GP.
How do I get a vasectomy?
You will need to call the service on 0300 300 2016 to make an appointment.