Vasectomy for Contraception
This safe and simple operation is performed on the male partner, does not affect sexual performance and is usually done under a local anaesthetic. The vas deferens, the duct along which sperm travel to the penis, is cut and tied. Although the operation should be considered irreversible, it is sometimes possible to rejoin the vas. This does not mean that fertility will automatically be regained however, as the sperm may no longer be viable.
As long as there are no undesirable psychological effects on the man, vasectomy is an excellent solution if permanent sterility is desired by both partners. Proper counselling before the operation is vital.