A vasectomy is a great form of permanent contraception but it’s important to know that you are not immediately sterile once you have the procedure.

This is because there are millions of live sperm in the upper ends of the tubes and these need to be cleared out before you can safely stop using contraception.  The tubes may also move in the first couple of months after the procedure and we want to make sure the ends haven’t realigned to allow sperm to once again go into your ejaculate.

For this reason you will need to do a Post Vasectomy Semen Analysis (PVSA) 3 months after your procedure and also after you have performed 20 ejaculations.

REMEMBER – YOU MUST CONTINUE TO USE CONTRACEPTION UNTIL YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED YOU ARE NO LONGER FERTILE

We will give you a jar when you see us for your vasectomy and we will then email you a Pathology request form In the days after. If you cannot find your pathology request form or believe you did not receive it please contact us and we will send it through again.

Procedure:

  1. At home, masterbate into the jar we have provided
  2. As soon as possible drive to your nearest pathology laboratory and take it to the counter with your Pathology request form
  3. Make sure you hand your sample to a staff member (don’t drop at the counter and run!), and that the jar is labelled with your Name and Date of Birth
  4. We will contact you, usually within 48 hours, with your result

To find your nearest laboratory (not your local collection centre) it’s important that you check that they accept and perform PVSA.  When you search for a location on the websites below make sure you also narrow the search so it includes PVSA / Seminal analysis / Semen testing.

The laboratories you can use in each state are:

PVSA FAQs