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Male Sterilisation (vasectomy)

The procedure for male sterilisation is called a vasectomy. A vasectomy is a procedure that involves cutting or blocking two tubes, called the vas deferens, so that sperm can no longer get into the semen.

Family Planning Tasmania offers vasectomy at our Glenorchy and Launceston sites through our highly experienced and trusted partners at Vasectomy Australia.

Appointments are available through their website above, by calling our reception, or calling their direct number 1800 764 763 (1800SNIPME).

How does a vasectomy work?

Sperm are produced in the testes. They pass into the epididymis and travel through the vas deferens until they mix with the seminal fluid. 

The seminal fluid is produced by the seminal vesicles and prostate gland. This mixture is semen, which is released through the penis during ejaculation. 

The vasectomy blocks the vas deferens on both sides so the sperm cannot travel and mix with the semen. 

After the vasectomy, the man’s sexual arousal, response and orgasm will be the same and he will still ejaculate but the ejaculation will be semen that does not contain sperm.

How do I get a vasectomy?

Contact Vasectomy Australia. If you are considering a vasectomy, give them a call or visit their website for an appointment. They will take you through everything you need to know. 

Their services are offered at our clinics in Glenorchy and Launceston. If you cannot travel to one of these sites, your GP or one of our doctors can discuss other options with you.

How effective is a vasectomy?

Vasectomy is 99.5% effective and among the most effective methods of contraception. It is considered to be a permanent form of contraception. 

It is not immediately effective as viable sperm may remain in the vas deferens for three months. 

A semen analysis to detect any remaining live sperm should be done 8 to 12 weeks after the procedure. 

Other forms of contraception should be used until the semen analysis is clear.


  • A quick and simple procedure and the complication rate is low. 
  • Permanent (lasts forever). 
  • Highly effective and low cost compared to other forms of contraception. 
  • Does not effect your ability to enjoy sex or be able to have an orgasm. 
  • Allows your partner to stop taking other forms of contraception.

Possible risks

We do everything we can to reduce the rate of complications but all surgical procedures have risks you should be aware of. A full list of potential complications are outlined fully in your consent form.

After your vasectomy most men will notice some level of:

  • Bruising: You may notice some bruising in the days after your vasectomy but this will usually disappear after about a week
  • Mild pain and swelling: This commonly settles a few days after your procedure

Less common potentials complications include:

  • A scrotal haematoma: This is a large bruise within the scrotum. You can reduce your chance of getting a haematoma greatly by following our instructions regarding lifting heavy objects in the days after the procedure. If you work in a job that requires heavy lifting make sure you get some time off work or ask for light duties
  • Infection: We try to reduce the chance of you getting an infection by adhering to strict infection control protocol. Most infections are mild and be treated with oral antibiotics.
  • Post Vasectomy Pain Syndrome (PVPS): This complication that can occur anytime after a vasectomy. There is little agreement on what causes PVPS. In most cases pain will resolve eventually but in rare cases specialist review and even additional surgery or reversal may be required to attempt to resolve the problem. These procedures are not always successful

Is a vasectomy right for me?

If you have children we will perform a vasectomy for men aged 18 and over.  If you do not have any children you must be at least 25 years of age, and men aged 25 – 29 and no children :  must still have a phone consult with our Doctor no less than 14 days before surgery.

If you are asking yourself whether vasectomies can be reversed, you should really think twice about getting a vasectomy.

Yes, vasectomies can be reversed. But you should consider this procedure as permanent contraception. Reversals are not 100%, very expensive (worth of $5000) and are not covered by Medicare.

What else do I need to know?

Go to Vasectomy Australia’s Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about the procedure.

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