Getting a vasectomy is a relatively easy thing to do.
Your first step is to discuss the matter with your GP. They may be able to carry out the procedure themselves or they can refer you to another GP who has received the relevant training.
You should book yourself off work for 24 to 48 hours after the procedure as you will experience some discomfort afterwards.
Turn up at the GP’s office wearing loose-fitting trousers and supportive underwear.
A local anaesthetic will be administered and the GP will then make an incision in the testicles, cut the vas deferens tube — which carries the sperm from the testicles to the penis — and seal it at both ends. The GP will then sew the testicles up again. All of this will take between 15 and 30 minutes.
You should expect to feel some minor discomfort for up to 48 hours after the procedure. However, a small number of men, less than 1%, will experience longer-term pain and may have to undergo a further procedure to rectify the problem.
A vasectomy is not effective immediately. Some sperm will remain in the upper part of the vas deferens tubes. This means that you should continue using another form of contraception for the first 20 to 24 weeks after the vasectomy until two semen samples have proven to be sperm free.