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 Human Services you must:
- Be at least 21 years old,
- Be a resident of Wake County,
- Attend a counseling session, and
- Wait 30 days after signing a consent form before the vasectomy is done.
How much does a vasectomy cost?
Wake County Human Services charges $150 cash for a vasectomy. We will return $100 to you after your procedure is completed.