West Family Medicine
Family Practice located in Pocatello, ID
Family planning is an important part of health and happiness for individuals and families, and vasectomies offer an opportunity for men to take control of their own reproductive function. The team at West Family Medicine in Pocatello, Idaho, has the skill and experience needed to provide safe and effective vasectomies. If you have questions or would like to learn more about this procedure, schedule an appointment online or call the office today.
Vasectomies Q & A
What is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a birth control option for men. It’s also among the most effective means of preventing unwanted birth, ranking just below abstinence. More than 500,000 men in American choose to have a vasectomy each and every year.
There are a number of reasons to consider this procedure, but the results speak for themselves. Fewer than two out of every 1,000 women become pregnant after their partners get a vasectomy.
What is the process for a vasectomy?
West Family Medicine utilizes the no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy. This approach uses a small opening in the skin of the scrotum to access the vas deferens. This cutting-edge method minimizes patient discomfort and allows the patient a faster recovery.
What happens after a vasectomy?
There is minimal postsurgical discomfort so you can return home right after the procedure. It’s important to avoid strenuous activities for a while to give your body time to heal, although you may be able to return to work the next day if your job does not require significant physical demands.
You should be able to resume intercourse around a week after your vasectomy. However, it’s important to understand that sperm is present in your semen for a period of time after your procedure. The general recommendation is to use a back-up method of birth control until you’ve ejaculated 20 times or three months have passed.
Dr. Brandon West has performed hundreds of vasectomies over the past 17 years. Patients have traveled from Montana, Wyoming, and throughout Idaho to have their vasectomies done at West Family Medicine with the latest technology.
If you’d like to explore vasectomies in more detail, schedule an appointment online or by phone at your earliest convenience.