Not long after having that first little baby, new moms often hear the standard question, “Are you going to have another one?”.  Inquiring Mother-in-laws, friends, doctors, etc. are quite curious to know how many kids you’d like to have. Planning the size of your family is not an easy decision to make. It’s entirely personal, of course, but when you know you are done having kids, you really know. And that’s when it’s time to explore all of your various options.

The folks at Austin Urology Institute want to help educate families about vasectomies as a safe means of permanent birth control. Below, you’ll find a great overview that they’ve provided, and at the bottom of the page you can enter to receive a free consultation with Dr. Shaw to learn even more about the procedure.

The Next Chapter in Your Family Story
Your kids are walking and talking and acting more grown-up every day. You’ve boxed up and donated all the old toys and clothes and repainted the nursery to something toddler-appropriate. Your brother’s baby gets all the attention at holiday parties now. Baby season is over and you’re ready to start a new adventure as your kids get ready to start school and sports and all of the fun stuff you’ve been waiting for them to get old enough to enjoy.

You don’t want to have drag the stroller down from the attic again, so how do you make sure that there are no surprises in your future? If you’re sure that you’re done having kids, a vasectomy is is one of the safest, most effective forms of permanent birth control.


15 Minutes for a Lifetime of Peace of Mind
Vasectomies are the most effective type of birth control, more so than a tubal ligation, condom, Birth control pills, IUD, or other methods. A vasectomy is an outpatient procedure that only takes about 15 minutes. In many cases, insurance will cover all or most of the cost.  For most men, the most uncomfortable part is the pre-procedure shave! At Austin Urology Institute, patients are offered an optional pre-procedure sedative and then the area is numbed with a topical spray (no needles). From there, a small incision is made and the vas deferens (the tube that carries sperm from the testicles to the urethra) is clipped and a section is removed. Then you’re stitched up and ready to be on your way. With the vas deferens no longer connected, sperm can’t travel out of the testicles, allowing you to make love without making babies.

Be Honest, Doc. How Much Does it Hurt?
Vasectomies sound a lot more painful than they actually are. I tell my patients to take day to rest and recover, then apply an ice pack to the scrotum for a few days. Our patients are given a strong version of Ibuprofen to take for 2-3 days. You’ll be back in action in the bedroom in a week.

You Won’t Know the Difference
Some guys are concerned that a vasectomy will negatively impact them somehow in the boudoir. Vasectomies don’t affect sex drive, erections or orgasm. Everything will seem the same way that it was before, except that you won’t get pregnant. Vasectomies are 99 percent effective and the perfect solution for families that know they’re done having kids.

For more information on vasectomies or to make an appointment, contact Dr. Shaw and his team at Austin Urology Institute at

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