Understanding Vasectomy & Family Planning

Vasectomy is an option for contraception.

Family Planning Options

As you consider your family planning options, it helps to understand the other options that exist. Your doctor can also help you make your decision. 

Temporary or reversible methods of birth control include condoms, spermicides, a diaphragm, an IUD, the pill, the patch, and the Depo shot. Permanent methods include male sterilization by vasectomy and female sterilization by tubal ligation. 

A vasectomy is a quick and convenient operation performed to achieve permanent sterility. It has been performed since the early 1900s and is considered safer, less invasive, and less risky than tubal ligation, the female option for permanent sterility.

Medically Proven.

Partner Approved.

Why a vasectomy?


Vasectomy is the most reliable way to prevent pregnancy: it's 50x more effective than birth control pills and 300x more effective than condoms.

Ease & Convenience

The simple, 15-minute procedure is performed in an outpatient clinic, and can be completed in a single visit, including your consultation.


A one-time vasectomy is cheaper than a lifetime of the pill, IUDs, or condoms. It's also covered by insurance.

For Your Partner

A vasectomy means a woman stopping her birth control that can cause uncomfortable hormonal and painful side effects.

What is a vasectomy?

This animated video shows how a vasectomy affects male anatomy.

Facts about vasectomy

Vasectomy is a quick and convenient procedure performed more than 500,000 annually in the U.S.

A successful vasectomy is more than 99.5% effective, making it the most effective method of birth control.

A vasectomy has no affect on a man's hormones, sex drive, or sexual performance.

"A successful vasectomy is more than 99.5% effective, making it the most effective method of birth control."

Non-Medical Factors to Consider

A vasectomy should only be considered if you’ve decided not to have anymore children. While the procedure can be reversed, it should be considered a permanent solution. It’s important to be sure about your decision.   

While no one can predict the future, try to consider the possibility of unforeseen changes in your life, or the life of your partner and children.  Ask yourself if you are sure you do not want any more biological children.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions, you're not the only one.

Check out our FAQs or sign up for to receive an Info Guide. If you have a personal question, just give us a call.

Scroll to Top