How Much Does a Vasectomy Cost?

A vasectomy is a safe, minor surgical procedure and form of birth control that has a nearly 100% success rate. It’s estimated that 500,000 people get vasectomies in the U.S. each year, according to a 2018 article in the journal Urology.

On average, a vasectomy costs around $1,000, according to Planned Parenthood and Medicare. Of course, costs can vary based on several factors, like your insurance coverage and where the procedure is performed.

What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a form of birth control for people who produce sperm. It’s a half-hour outpatient medical procedure in which a physician either ties or seals the tubes called the vas deferens that carry sperm from the testes. Local anesthesia is typically used, and most patients experience some minor pain or discomfort for a few days after the procedure. It’s an extremely effective form of birth control, with a success rate of nearly 100%.

Don’t rely on a vasectomy as a form of birth control for at least three months…

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This article was written by Cara Smith and originally published on www.nerdwallet.com