Outcome of vasectomies performed at a Turkish metropolitan maternity hospital

Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care. 2007 Mar;12(1):19-23. doi: 10.1080/13625180601127341.


Objective: To determine prospectively the outcome of vasectomies performed by two trained surgeons over a 9-month period at the Ministry of Health Ankara Etlik Maternity and Women's Health Teaching and Research Hospital Family Planning Centre.

Methods: The demographic data, source of information concerning the method, sexual function before and after voluntary no-scalpel vasectomy, compliance with the post-vasectomy follow-up program of men applying for a vasectomy were analyzed. All patients were contacted by telephone and invited for follow-up visits for counseling, inquiry regarding sexual dysfunction, and performance of a semen analysis.

Results: The patients were married men, mostly primary school graduates, with more than one child. Sources of information were health services and/or health personnel for 89% of the patients. Of the 279 men who underwent a vasectomy and who were later contacted by phone, 131 (47%) came for a follow-up assessment. There was only one post-vasectomy pregnancy (0.8%). The incidence of reported sexual problems did not change after the procedure. Vasectomy did not affect the sexual function of men in our study.

Conclusion: Compliance with follow-up after vasectomy, which is extremely important for assessment of its successful outcome, is low.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Family Planning Services
  • Female
  • Hospitals, Maternity*
  • Hospitals, Urban
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care*
  • Patient Compliance
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prospective Studies
  • Treatment Failure
  • Turkey
  • Vasectomy / methods
  • Vasectomy / statistics & numerical data*