Vasectomy

A vasectomy is surgery to make a man sterile (permanently unable to father a child). During a vasectomy, the tube that carries sperm from the testicles to the urethra (called the vas deferens) is cut and tied off, preventing sperm from being released during ejaculation.

Last Updated: May 22, 2008

Author: Bets Davis, MFA

Medical Review: Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology

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