Where Does Sperm Go After Vasectomy?

Where Does Sperm Go After Vasectomy?

A vasectomy doesn’t stop the production of sperm – it stops sperm from being included in the semen you ejaculate. So what happens to the sperm that’s still being produced?

Whether you know it or not, your testicles are a sperm factory set up to produce sperm throughout your life time.

How Sperm Is Made?

A man’s testicles are full of tiny coiled tubes (called seminiferous tubules) that not only produce sperm but help move it through your system. Inside the tubes are sperm nurse cells which manage sperm stem cells. Sounds pretty crowded down there, right?

The tubes are surrounded by testosterone-producing cells that stimulate sperm development by impacting the nurse cells, which in turn control the sperm stem cells. The sperm factory produces sperm cells on a schedule to make sure production will last a lifetime.

It takes about 70 days for your sperm to be developed and ready for action. But that’s what we’re trying to avoid – not the action, but the outcome from it.

Once the sperm is developed, it needs some help to be able to make the big swim to the egg. Before it passes into the tubes (vas deferens) that carry it to the ejaculation point, it goes through a duct that adds proteins to improve it’s performance. Now it’s ready to go.

A vasectomy stops the sperm cell in it’s tracks. (See the before & after pictures below.) Vasectomy blocks the vas deferens which makes it impossible for the sperm to travel to the urethra. That’s where it mixes with seminal fluid and gets ejaculated during orgasm.

The best part of vasectomy is that you still get the orgasm, just without the risk of a pregnancy. But if the body keeps producing sperm, where does it go once the tubes are cut?

Sperm After Vasectomy

While your sperm is maturing, it’s stored in a tightly coiled tube – literally 15 to 18 feet long – called the epididymis. This is where sperm is transferred to the vas deferens and heads off to do it’s part in fertilizing an egg.

Once you have a vasectomy, the sperm can no longer move out of the tube. The membrane (lining) of the epididymis absorbs most of the sperm where it dissolves. It’s a natural part of the body’s process.

Most every man goes through times when sex is less available or orgasm is harder to achieve. Your body is producing sperm during those times too. So sperm production doesn’t really cause a problem.

Open-Ended Vasectomy

But can it be if you’re having sex on a regular basis? We don’t think so, but as a man ages, the testicles age as well. As in any factory, the sperm machinery can start to operate less efficiently. So here at Vasectomy Montreal, we use an open-ended vasectomy technique. The open-ended technique leaves the bottom end of the vas tube open (uncauterized), while the end of the tube leading to the penis is cauterized.

In other words, open-ended vasectomy may offer a vehicle for sperm drainage after vasectomy.

While studies are not conclusive, it is postulated that leaving one end open may permit sperm to leak out. For men having a vasectomy, this can mean less post-operative discomfort because there is no sudden pressure back-up to the testicles. Clearly if the path to the penis is blocked, there’s no risk of fertilizing eggs by accident.

Instead of relying solely on the membrane in the epididymis, sperm are simply reabsorbed back into the testicles in a natural process that causes no pain or pressure. Open ended vasectomy is part of the no scalpel, no needle vasectomy procedure that Pollock Clinics are known for worldwide.

Before & After Vasectomy

The images below show how sperm is carried from the testicles to the urethra, where it becomes part of the ejaculate during orgasm. The after image demonstrates how the vas deferens are blocked to the penis, but remain open-ended on the bottom.

Before

After

Sex After a Vasectomy: What You Need to Know

Sex After a Vasectomy: What You Need to Know

Embarking on the journey of sexual health after a vasectomy can bring a mix of questions and emotions. Whether you have recently undergone this safe and effective contraceptive procedure or are contemplating getting one, understanding the implications it may have on your sexual activity is crucial.

In this article, we will answer the most frequently-asked questions and address common concerns regarding sex after a vasectomy. Our goal is to empower you to make informed decisions and provide you with essential information to help you navigate this exciting new chapter with confidence and clarity.

How Soon Can I Resume Having Sex?

After getting a vasectomy, it is recommended to only resume sexual intercourse once the pain and swelling has gone down. Some men have no pain at all, while many others have mild aches in the groin. The normal healing time after vasectomy ranges from 1 to 3 weeks, with an average of about 14 days.

Does Sex Hurt After a Vasectomy?

In general, sex should not be painful after a vasectomy once you have fully healed from the procedure. Some men may experience temporary discomfort or sensitivity in the treated area, which could potentially have an impact on sexual activity.

Other potential side effects during the initial healing period could include soreness, bruising, swelling, and blood in the semen. These side effects can last anytime from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the patient. Engaging in sexual activity too soon after the procedure or without giving yourself time to heal properly could potentially cause pain or discomfort.

Once the discomfort subsides, you should be able to engage in sexual activity without any issues.

Will I Be Sterile Right Away?

You will not be sterile immediately after a vasectomy. It takes time for any remaining sperm to clear from your reproductive system.

You will need to continue using another form of contraception until you receive confirmation from your doctor that you are sterile.

Your doctor will perform follow-up tests 6 to 12 weeks after the procedure to ensure the success of the vasectomy and confirm sterility. These tests involve providing semen samples in order for your doctor to measure the amount of sperm left in your semen.

Can a Vasectomy Prevent Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)?

Unfortunately, a vasectomy will not prevent you from getting any sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It is a form of contraception that prevents pregnancy, but does not provide any protection against STIs. It is recommended to use barrier methods of contraception, such as condoms, during sexual activity to protect against STIs.

Will a Vasectomy Have an Impact on My Sexual Function?

A vasectomy is not intended to have a direct impact on your sexual function, including your sex drive and your ability to get or maintain an erection.

Sex Drive

A vasectomy will not have an impact on your sex drive. The procedure only blocks the sperm from reaching the semen ejaculated during sexual activity. The hormones responsible for sexual desire and arousal are not directly affected by a vasectomy.

In some cases, patients have reported that their sex drive actually improved after having a vasectomy because the stress of potentially getting pregnant is no longer present.

Ability to Get or Maintain an Erection

In addition, a vasectomy does not typically affect a person’s ability to achieve or maintain an erection. Erectile function is governed by factors such as blood flow, nerve signaling, hormonal balance, and psychological factors. A vasectomy does not interfere with these processes.

Resuming Sexual Activity After a Vasectomy in Montreal

Overall, a vasectomy should not have any long-lasting impacts on your sexual performance, sex drive, or erectile function.

Once you are healed, you will be able to have protected sex without any discomfort, and once your semen analysis comes back sperm-free, having unprotected sex will be possible for you and your partner.

Getting a Non-Scalpel No-Needle Vasectomy at Vasectomy Montreal

At Vasectomy Montreal, we offer non-scalpel no-needle vasectomies as a simple and effective procedure for our patients.

Our team of dedicated professionals at our Montreal clinic will be happy to address any concerns you may have regarding sexual activity after a vasectomy.

No Needle Vasectomy: Less Pain, More Comfort

No Needle Vasectomy: Less Pain, More Comfort

Vasectomy is an effective, affordable and permanent method of birth control. But for many men, just the thought of a needle near their scrotum is enough to justify procrastination. But there is a no needle vasectomy procedure that’s proven to help reduce men’s concerns.

The no scalpel, no needle vasectomy method substantially reduces a patient’s discomfort during and after the procedure. No needle, no injection, just an innovative solution for a virtually painless procedure.

Here at Vasectomy Montreal we never use any other method.

Traditional Vasectomy Procedure


During a traditional vasectomy, a needle is injected into the scrotum to freeze the area before the procedure. Just the injection alone is painful and anxiety-provoking. But because the needle is blind as it enters the body, there’s an added risk of nicking a blood vessel in the testicle, causing bleeding and bruising.

A recent study in India showed a clear differential in patient outcomes when comparing the traditional to the no-needle method.

  • Less anaesthetic required
  • Anaethesic was faster acting
  • Far less pain
  • Faster surgery
  • No complications without needle
The study included 1000 men about to undergo a vasectomy. They were split into two groups – one receiving a traditional vasectomy, the other with a no-needle methodology. The group for the no-needle procedure show absolutely no complications, unlike the traditional method. Just as importantly, patient satisfaction was found to be much higher, particularly as relates to pain levels.

Study Results

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No Scalpel Vasectomy in Montreal

It should also be noted that men in both groups underwent a no-scalpel vasectomy. The no-scalpel vasectomy procedure has become the gold standard in most countries, for good reason.

The Vasectomy Montreal clinic has always offered a no-scalpel, no needle vasectomy. To further reduce any discomfort during recovery, we have also adopted an open-ended vasectomy technique and use a simple skin glue in lieu of sutures as much as possible.

A traditional vasectomy requires two surgical incisions about an inch long in the scrotum. The doctor uses the incisions to find and cut the tubes (called the vas deferens) that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis during ejaculation.
Get no scalpel vasectomy in Laval The incisions typically require stitches which adds to patient discomfort in post recovery, as well as an increased the risk of infection.

A no-scalpel vasectomy uses a tiny incision at the base of the scrotum – roughly 1 cm long – to grasp both tubes from a single-entry point. The vas deferens are gently pulled forward and both cut. We believe this is the optimal method.

One of the findings confirmed by the study is that the no scalpel vasectomy method improved client acceptance by almost ten-fold. In other words, more men chose to have the procedure than ever before.

No Needle Jet Injector

The medical device for a no-needle vasectomy is called a jet injector. A jet injector is a spray applicator that uses high-velocity air pressure to dispense tiny micro-drops of anaethestic into the tissue.

Laval vasectomy clinic Jet injector technology has been applied for over 30 years, in dentistry, gynecology and other fields of medicine. It is a rapid-fire, virtually painless and well proven method for drug administration. Adopting the methodology has greatly enhanced patient satisfaction and reduced the anxiety of men considering vasectomy.

Fast Dispensation of Anaesthetic

One of the patient benefits of a no-needle vasectomy is how quickly the drug is administered. The numbing effects are almost instantaneous – within 10 to 20 seconds. The slight pinch felt as the mist is deployed is immediately inconsequential. The numbing agent spreads quickly through the tissue and the nerves surrounding the vas deferens.

When a needle is used, the anaesthetic forms a pool under the skin, which is slowly absorbed into the system. Not only do patients feel a pinch – they feel it longer. Even if there’s no bruising, a weal is raised on the skin at the injection point.

Zero Complications Reported

Perhaps the most impressive statistic from the study is the difference in complications between the two methods. The jet injector method shows zero complications related to bleeding or hematomas. None.

For men who are nervous about needles, there is solution. There is no reason for men to deny themselves or their family an affordable and permanent solution for family planning.

Study Outcomes

Overall, the study concluded that the No-Needle method has the following benefits for patients and their doctors. There are the outcomes the researchers identified.
  • Use of jet injector significantly reduces the mean operation time.
  • Low pain scores for the procedure as a whole.
  • The quantity and cost of anaesthesia for jet injection is far less than traditional methods.
  • It is cost effective.
  • Less chance of hypersensitivity.
  • No chance of needle stick injury to surgeon.
  • Easier fixation of vas as no skin wheal is raised.
  • No needle associated complications in patients.
  • Reduces fear – increases acceptance.
  • Excellent patient satisfaction.
Vasectomy is a permanent method of birth control, with very minimal risk. It doesn’t require hospitalization and the entire procedure typically takes under an hour. It is far less invasive than tubal litigation and once the semen test negative for sperm – you won’t spend another dime on birth control.

We recommend men and their partners discuss the right size for their family. Once you’ve reached agreement, remember vasectomy is safe, effective and needle-free.