Permanent Family Planning

Vasectomy Program

What is a vasectomy? 

  • It is a permanent method of birth control. 
  • It is a simple procedure where a doctor ties or seals the tubes in the scrotum that carry sperm to the penis. 
  • It is easy and inexpensive. 
  • A vasectomy lets you enjoy sex without causing a pregnancy. 
  • It does not change your sex life or make you less of a man. 
  • It does NOT protect you from sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS. If you are at risk for these diseases, you should use a condom every time you have sex, even after a vasectomy. 
  • About 500,000 men have vasectomies in the United States every year. 
  • There are no known long-term complications after a vasectomy. 

How well does it work? 

Less than two (2) out of every 1,000 men have sperm in their semen after a vasectomy. You must return in three (3) months for a post-semen check, to be sure no sperm is present. 

Can a vasectomy be reversed? 

A reversal (vasovasostomy) can be performed; however, its success is not guaranteed in restoring fertility. The reversal procedure is done in a hospital and is expensive. Our program does not pay for reversals. 

Reasons NOT to have a vasectomy 

  • You may want more children in the future 
  • Pressure by partner, family or friends 
  • Marriage problems 
  • Sexual problems 

To get a vasectomy through Wake County Health & Human Services you must: 

  • NOT qualify for Medicaid,
  • You are not eligible for a Vasectomy if you have private insurance,
  • Be at least 21 years old, 
  • Be a resident of Wake County, 
  • Attend a counseling session, and
  • Wait 30 days after completing required paperwork and counseling session.

How much does a vasectomy cost?

Wake County Health & Human Services charges $150 cash for a vasectomy. We will return $100 to you after your procedure is completed. 

For more information: 

Phone: 919-250-1004 
Email: [email protected]