You can consider storing your sperm in a sperm bank before having a vasectomy as ‘insurance’, in case you change your mind about having a child.
The testicles continue to make sperm after a vasectomy, even though the sperm cannot travel to the penis.
Using the scalpel technique, a small cut of 1–2 cm is made on each side of the scrotum to access the tubes that carry sperm out of the testicles.
You will need to continue sperm tests every few months until you get the ‘all-clear’.
You can get a vasectomy done in a vasectomy clinic, in a hospital as day surgery, or sometimes in a GP clinic.
You can have a vasectomy reversal procedure, but the procedure does not always work and you may not regain your fertility.
Depending on the length of time since having the vasectomy and the age of the female partner, you may consider going straight to assisted reproductive technologies (ART) such as IVF, to give the best chance of getting pregnant.