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What should I know about a vasectomy?

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A vasectomy is an operation for a man, so that their partners can’t get pregnant.

The procedure, which you can get done in a doctor’s office without being asleep, stops sperm from being able to leave the testes. Because no sperm enters the woman, she won’t get pregnant.

Your doctor may call it “male sterilization.” Men can still have an orgasm or ejaculate afterward.

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 January 21, 2017

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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 January 21, 2017

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