Vasectomy is an effective, safe method of birth control for men. At the Portland Vasectomy Clinic, our expert, fellowship-trained urologists perform more than 350 vasectomies a year. For men who have had a vasectomy and would like to reverse the procedure, we are also leaders in vasectomy reversal to help regain fertility.
Our doctors are highly experienced and discreet, with the goal of bringing you the best possible results with the fastest recovery times.
What is a vasectomy?
Vasectomy is a minor procedure which involves the closing of a small tube on each side of the scrotum—the vas deferens—which carries the sperm. With local anesthesia, a tiny incision or puncture is made in each side of the scrotum so the tube can be lifted out, tied off, and cut, thus blocking the passage of sperm. Without sperm in the semen, a man can't make his partner pregnant. The testicle continues to form sperm which are then absorbed in the body. Neither the penis nor the testicle is involved.
Is a vasectomy right for me?
Vasectomy is a minimally invasive and permanent form of birth control. It has no effect on men’s sexual function. This procedure should be considered by men who are sure that they no longer want to be able to produce offspring. Vasectomy does not protect from sexually transmitted disease.
Is a vasectomy covered by insurance?
Most insurance providers cover a vasectomy. However, plans can vary: Contact your insurance provider. If your provider does not cover the procedure, our prices are competitive and among the lowest in Portland. If you have questions, call our office. We can help.
Can a vasectomy be reversed?
A vasectomy is normally performed as a permanent means of birth control. It should not be considered unless you and your partner are sure you don’t want any more children.
However, the introduction of microsurgery has greatly improved the success of vasectomy reversal. Learn more about vasectomy reversals.