Vasectomy is recommended by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) as the preferred method of sterilisation.
Vasectomy is a minor procedure that takes around 15 minutes and is very safe in competent hands. Vasectomy carries a lower failure rate in terms of post-procedure pregnancies and there is less risk related to the procedure than female sterilisation.
Referrers should indicate why sterilisation is required and provide evidence of relevant obstetric history and use of contraception and give reasons and explanation of any intolerance.
The provision of the Primary Care/Community based Vasectomy Service is for those patients registered with a General Practitioner within Gloucestershire.