Vasectomy: NICHD Research Information

Vasectomy is a safe, inexpensive, and highly effective method of male sterilization. Surgical advances have reduced healing time and postsurgical complications, making it a more acceptable choice now for many men seeking permanent birth control.

NICHD research activities on vasectomy have focused mainly on the procedure’s long-term safety and effectiveness as well as on the development and evaluation of acceptable and less-invasive surgical techniques. 

These activities fall under the Institute’s broad and long-standing objective of developing safe, effective, easy-to-use, and long-lasting contraceptive methods in order to prevent and reduce unintended pregnancies.