The Truth About Vasectomies vs Female Oral Contraception

August 5, 2015

Just because you’re done having kids, that doesn’t mean your done being intimate. These days, there are more options than ever for long term birth control, but most of these ask a lot from the ladies in the relationship. Comparatively, a vasectomy is one of the easier forms of birth control, and it’s permanent. Dr. Koushik Shaw and the Austin Urology Institute team receive a lot of questions related to birth control, so we’ve put together a comparison between vasectomies and other birth control methods.


  • An in-office procedure with local anesthesia (no needles)
  • The procedure takes about 15 minutes
  • Small incisions are made in the scrotum to access the vas deferens
  • The vas deferens is clipped, cut and cauterized to prevent the flow of sperm
  • The scrotal incisions are closed with absorbable sutures
  • Recovery time from the procedure is about a week
  • Permanent

Female Oral Contraceptives

  • Must be taken daily
  • Prevents pregnancy by altering hormones to prevent ovulation
  • Decreases chances of fertilization by thickening the uterine lining
  • Is not permanent


Whatever birth control method you decide on, Austin Urology Institute is available to answer your questions. We’ll gladly walk you through your female birth control and male birth control options in Austin. Schedule a consultation at