Vasectomy in Ireland

A vasectomy, sometimes called “the snip”, is a permanent form of contraception for men.

What is Vasectomy?

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The procedure itself takes  between 10 -20 minutes and involves a very quick recovery time. There are two types of vasectomies: conventional vasectomy and the more up to date  technique used at Reproductive Choices called non-scalpel vasectomy.

What is a non-scalpel vasectomy?

With a non-scalpel vasectomy the vas deferens are accessed through a tiny opening on the front of the scrotal wall. Here are some of the advantages of the no-scalpel technique:

  • no stitches no use of knife – the 1 cm slit usually seals within hours this is why no stitches are needed
  • Safer and less painful
  • less likely to cause complications - compared with the conventional vasectomy technique
  • Quick recovery time. With a non-scalpel vasectomy, you’ll be able to go home on the same day.

What are the advantages of booking a vasectomy with Reproductive Choices?

  • Reproductive Choices only offers the non-scalpel technique
  • Minimum wait for consultations and appointments
  • Comprehensive aftercare
  • Competitive cost – View our vasectomy cost for more information
  • Our Doctors are fully registered  

Is it painful?

Non-scalpel vasectomy is a relatively painless procedure. All our vasectomies are carried out under local anaesthetic where you will be numbed but you will be awake for the procedure.

Failure rates

Vasectomy is a safe and 99% effective method. Out of 2,000 men who are sterilised, 1 will get a women pregnant during the rest of his lifetime.

Risks and complications

  • Your scrotum (ball sack) may become bruised, swollen or painful.
  • You will be advised how to manage and minimise this at the time of the consultation.
  • As with any medical procedure, there is a risk of infection


The recovery process is usually straightforward. You should be able to go back to work on the same day or return to work the next day. Here are some things to bear in mind:

  • You should  wear tight fitting underwear for about 10  days after the procedure
  • You can take paracetamol and/or ibuprofen but don’t take aspirin as it may make you bleed or bruise
  • You may take a shower the day 48 hours after your vasectomy
  • You can have intercourse (including sex) 2 days after the procedure or when you feel comfortable
  • Refrain from sports, strenuous activities and swimming  for 2 weeks following the procedure
  • Your partner may need to use a form of contraception until you get 2 x negative post-vasectomy sperm sample results. This is because the sperm stay in the tubes leading to the penis which could lead to a pregnancy.
  • 2 x sperm samples are needed at 16 and 18 weeks after the procedure to ensure the semen sample is sperm-free. We will then write to you to confirm a successful vasectomy and you can stop other forms of contraception once you have received a letter. Even if you’ve been given the all clear, further semen samples can be done in the future at a cost. View our cost page.

Sex after a vasectomy

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A vasectomy has no effect on sex drive or ability to enjoy sex. You will still have erections and ejaculate normally.

Please remember that a vasectomy does not protect you from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

Vasectomy Reversal

Reserving the procedure is not easy and not offered at Reproductive Choices. There are Private Fertility clinics in Ireland that may offer this procedure, some patient decide to travel to England as the waiting lists can be very long.

Is vasectomy right for me?

You should only have a vasectomy if you are 100% certain that you do not want to have any or any more children. If there are any doubts in your mind, our team of contraception experts can help you and/or you partner look out for other means of long-term contraception which might be more suitable.

If you’d like to book an appointment, just give us a call or send us an email and we can give you more information about our non-scalpel vasectomy service.

View our vasectomy fees. 

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