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Many people are reluctant to talk with their doctor about sex. But an honest conversation is the first step in finding treatment for sexual issues.

What are the risks and potential complications of a vasectomy?  

The vast majority of vasectomy procedures are successful. However, complications of a vasectomy can occur and become serious. Complications of vasectomy may include:

  • Anesthesia reaction, such as an allergic reaction and problems with breathing

  • Bleeding of the incision or bleeding into the scrotum

  • Granuloma, a lump that develops from leakage of sperm from cut vas deferens into the scrotum

  • Infection and septicemia, which is the spread of a local infection to the blood

  • Post-vasectomy pain syndrome, which is chronic pain following a vasectomy

Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Aug 24, 2016

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Medical References

  1. Unintended Pregnancy Prevention: Vasectomy. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  2. Vasectomy. American Urological Association.
  3. Vasectomy: What to Expect. American Academy of Family Physicians.

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