The Wilbur D. May Museum at Rancho San Rafael has a wide range of historic artifacts
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Vasectomy Program

Vasectomy Program
1001 East Ninth Street, Building B
Reno, NV 89512

Attention men...

We offer reduced cost vasectomy services to low-income men over the age of 21.

Frequently asked questions about vasectomy


For general questions about the vasectomy process, or to schedule your initial appointment contact the clinic at (775) 328-2470.

Make an appointment

To schedule your appointment for a vasectomy consultation call 328-2470

Robert - Age 36

I was the first to have this procedure through the vasectomy program. It was a quick procedure, with very little discomfort.

Anthony - Age 32

I had my procedure recently; I chose this method for my wife's health. This method was great because it gave my wife the freedom not to use birth control anymore.

A vasectomy is a sterilization operation for men. This means that after the operation a man cannot get a woman pregnant.
A vasectomy is a permanent operation. Some doctors try to undo a vasectomy with surgery, but it is expensive and many times does not work. Make sure that you do not want to father any more children before you have a vasectomy.
Yes, there are several temporary ways to prevent pregnancy. A man can use a condom or a woman can use methods like birth control pills, the Depo shot, the patch, an IUD as well as others. If you would like more information about these and other temporary ways to prevent pregnancy, talk to your health care provider.
A vasectomy is done in a doctor’s office or clinic. The doctor numbs the area and then makes a small cut in the scrotum (skin around the testicles) to get to the tubes that carry the sperm (sperm ducts). The doctor then closes off the sperm ducts so that sperm cannot get into the semen (what comes out during an orgasm). When there are no sperm in the semen, you cannot cause a pregnancy.

Illustration showing the location of the sperm duct (tube), seminal vesicle (where sperm is stored), the closed off tube of a vasectomy, the testicle, and the scrotum.
With a vasectomy you don’t have to worry about making a woman pregnant and you don’t have to use a temporary method of family planning again (like birth control pills for women, condoms to prevent pregnancy, etc). However, the procedure will not protect you against STDs. A condom is still the best method for STD prevention.
Vasectomy is a safe and simple operation, but there is a small chance you could have problems afterwards. Some of the problems include:
  • You may have temporary swelling around the area of the skin that was cut.
  • You may have bruising that usually goes away on its own.
  • You may get an infection on the skin or inside the scrotum.
  • The operation may not make you sterile. A small number of men who have the operation will still be able to get a woman pregnant. The vasectomy is more than 99% effective.
Yes. A vasectomy will not alter your sex drive. Your erections and orgasms will be the same. You will have the same amount of ejaculate (semen), but it will not contain sperm.