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Costs of a Vasectomy

costs of a vasectomyCosts of a Vasectomy

The costs of a vasectomy is one important factor to consider when deciding “Should I get a vasectomy?” If you are interested in getting a vasectomy and you have health insurance, check with your provider to see if the procedure is covered. Most insurance programs and HMOs include some or most costs of a vasectomy, but you will likely be responsible for a co-pay or deductible.

If you do not have insurance, you may pay in cash or by credit card, as most medical offices accept major credit cards. In some cases, a doctor may offer a small discount if the vasectomy is paid for in advance in cash. Men can ask their healthcare provider about this option.

The costs of a vasectomy vary depending on the area of the country, the surgical technique used, and where the vasectomy is performed (e.g., a doctor’s office, local hospital, medical clinic). Some doctors and clinics provide a sliding scale according to income. Medicaid and other state programs may make a vasectomy affordable for men who meet the individual qualifications of such programs.

The average costs of a vasectomy can range from $400 to $1,200 or more, which typically includes the follow-up visits for sperm counts. However, when asking about the costs of a vasectomy, be sure to get a list of what is covered in the fee. Some doctors and clinics charge one fee for the procedure and additional charges for anesthesia and follow-up sperm counts. Questions about the vasectomy itself as well as the costs and recovery should be discussed during a consultation. Be sure to ask whether your consultation is free or if there is a charge.

Costs of a vasectomy are significantly less than the female equivalent (a tubal ligation), which can cost up to 8 to 10 times as much. In the long run, a vasectomy can end up costing a couple much less than continuing to pay for birth control pills or other forms of contraception over many years.

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About Dr. Larry Lipshultz, M.D.

Dr. Lipshultz is Professor of Urology and Chief of the Division of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas . He is an internationally acclaimed fertility specialist and a pioneer in the field of urologic microsurgery, specializing in male infertility, erectile dysfunction, microsurgery, genetic causes of infertility, and age-related changes in male hormone levels (androgen replacement). He was a founder of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction and is a Past President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. In addition, he has served on the FDA Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs. He was the first AUA Research scholar and was awarded the prestigious Hugh Hampton Young Award at the 2005 AUA Annual Meeting. More on Dr. Lipshultz

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