How much does a vasectomy cost in Texas?
February 7, 2023
Given how much attention vasectomies have received in the news lately, it’s possible you’re considering getting one yourself. One common question patients have is how much does a vasectomy cost, specifically here in Texas.
The cost of a vasectomy is not so straightforward – it depends on factors such as insurance coverage and deductibles. If you do not have health insurance, the cost will be higher. And even if you do have health insurance, your deductible may impact the final cost. To find out how much your Texas vasectomy will cost, contact us to get an exact cost.
At Austin Urology Institute, we’re proud to offer some of the lowest rates for vasectomy in Austin and across Texas. We perform vasectomies at our state-of-the-art offices to help keep costs low. Our vasectomies include pain medication, tight undergarments and sperm check kits, making it the total package.
Patients don’t just travel hundreds of miles to our office because of the cost; they come to Austin Urology Institute for Dr. Shaw’s experience as a vasectomy specialist. The procedure is simple and effective, taking approximately 20 minutes.
Vasectomies are a common procedure with about 500,000 vasectomies performed in the US each year. A vasectomy is an easy and practical approach to a contraceptive method that has a 0.15% failure rate. A vasectomy is performed in the office as a 15 minute procedure with very little need to prep, minimal recovery time and very few risks.
The procedure includes topical anesthesia. A small incision is made in the scrotum and the vas deferens which is a thick-walled tube that transports sperm cells from the epididymis, where the sperm are stored prior to ejaculation. Then, the vas deferens is tied off, removing a segment in between, along with cauterization (heating sealing) the ends. All of this provides three levels of protection from sperm getting from one side to the other. The small incision in the scrotum is then closed with a suture that disappears within a short amount of time. It is considered a permanent form of contraception, although vasectomy reversal and other fertility options are available if needed down the road. A vasectomy does not interfere with testosterone production, erections, orgasm or cause any potential for future urologic disease.
Essentially, a vasectomy permanently closes the “hallway” for sperm to make their way out of the body (vas deferens). BUT, the body doesn’t stop making sperm even after a vasectomy is completed and considered successful and permanent. So where does the sperm go?
Sperm is made by the testes which aren’t affected by a vasectomy. During puberty, testosterone and other hormones cause cells in the testes to transform into sperm cells and that process continues on throughout your life even after a vasectomy. Sperm are still produced, however, because the hallway is closed (vas deferens) the sperm can no longer move out of the body. The sperm die and are absorbed by the membrane (lining) of the epididymis where it dissolves. This is the body’s natural process. The body’s absorption of sperm does not interfere with testosterone production, erections, orgasm or cause any potential for future urologic disease.
So if the sperm no longer come out and are absorbed in the body, what happens when ejaculating? Ejaculate (semen) is a combination of seminal fluid, made in the prostate gland and seminal vesicles AND sperm. After a successful vasectomy, sperm are no longer part of the ejaculate. Some men may notice a slight decrease in ejaculate volume due to the missing sperm, but not enough to where it’s bothersome as sperm make up only two to five percent of the ejaculate volume.
Couples typically come to the conclusion that it is “time” for a vasectomy when they have agreed that they no longer wish to conceive due to a multitude of reasons (age, finances, health risks) and prefer a more permanent method of contraception versus birth control pills, patches, condoms or they do not wish to conceive at all.
Right here in our clinic, Austin vasectomy doctor urologist Koushik Shaw has performed thousands procedures. If considering a vasectomy and would like to learn more, call for a consultation with a provider 512.694.8888
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