A vasectomy is a procedure that is performed as a means of contraception. It works by preventing the release of sperm during ejaculation.

During the procedure, your testicles and scrotum are cleaned with an antiseptic, and you will be given a an anaesthetic. Dr Maharajh will make a small incision in the scrotum, and after locating the van deferens tubes, they will be cut and tied. The tubes are then placed back inside the scrotum and the skin is sealed with stitches.

It is quite normal to experience some mild swelling and pain in the scrotum after the procedure, so Dr Maharajh may prescribe painkillers. Recovery after a vasectomy is relatively quick, and you will be able to return to normal activities within a few days.

It is still possible to conceive a child for a short time after the procedure, so it is advisable to use another method of birth control until you have had a follow-up appointment as per Dr Maharajh’s advice. At this point, Dr Maharajh will check that your sperm count is at zero, in which case you can have unprotected sex.

The procedure is highly effective as a permanent means of birth control, and will not have any effect on your ability to have an erection or orgasm.


Dr Suhani Maharajh is a Specialist Urologist in Durban. After completing her undergraduate training summa cum laude at Nelson R Mandela School of medicine, she pursued her true passion and qualified as a urologist in 2012 and was awarded the Lionel B Goldscmidt Medal.

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