• T. B. Hargreave
Part of the Clinical Practice in Urology book series (PRACTICE UROLOG)


Bilateral vasectomy for contraceptive purposes is now one of the most frequently performed minor operations in the United Kingdom. It has been estimated that 10% of husbands of women aged 25–34 will be vasectomised by the time the wife is 35 (Bone 1978). In the United States one million male sterilisations are done each year (Hackett and Waterhouse 1973), and in India six million were sterilised in 1976 (Nortman and Hofstattere 1978). In the United Kingdom the increase in vasectomies has resulted in part from disquiet over the long term use of oral contraceptives for women and also from the lack of other aesthetically acceptable methods. The perfect vasectomy would be 100% effective in a very short time, have no complications or side effects and be easily reversible. There are various methods but none perfect, and patients should be warned that minor complications do occur. It is unwise with any type of vasectomy operation to give absolute guarantee that recanalisation can never happen.


Seminal Plasma Male Infertility Premature Ejaculation Motile Sperm Coital Frequency 
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