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How effective is a vasectomy?

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It’s nearly 100% effective. In very rare cases, the man’s tubes, called the vas deferens, can rejoin. In those cases, a pregnancy could happen.

Keep in mind that sperm can still get out for a little while right after a vasectomy, so be sure to get the follow-up test that checks on that, so you know when you can stop using another method of birth control just in case.

From: Vasectomy: What You Should Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Male Sterilization.”

Beaumont Health System: “Vasectomy.”

American Cancer Society: “What are the risk factors for prostate cancer?”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Male Sterilization.”

Beaumont Health System: “Vasectomy.”

American Cancer Society: “What are the risk factors for prostate cancer?”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on February 16, 2019

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