va·​sec·​to·​my | \ və-ˈsek-tə-mē How to pronounce vasectomy (audio) , vā-ˈzek-\
plural vasectomies

Definition of vasectomy

: surgical division or resection of all or part of the vas deferens usually to induce sterility

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Myth #15: You 100 percent can’t get pregnant if your partner has a vasectomy. Korin Miller, SELF, "16 Birth Control Myths Ob/Gyns Have Heard That Prove We Need Better Sex Ed," 19 July 2018 Other than a full vasectomy, men have no real birth control options beside the condom. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "This New Topical Gel Birth Control For Men Could Change Everything," 30 Nov. 2018 But if a vasectomy isn't the right option for you and your partner, Dr. Minkin then recommends looking into an IUD. Korin Miller, SELF, "Bayer Announced it Will Stop Selling Controversial Birth Control Device Essure in the U.S.," 23 July 2018 Men still have basically three options: condoms, vasectomies, and the pull-and-pray (the latter, for most, is not a great option). Danielle Friedman, Glamour, "Why Male Birth Control Should Exist, According to These Four Men," 20 Aug. 2018 The hitch for the Maryland law is that vasectomies aren’t on the IRS list of approved preventive services. Michelle Andrews, Washington Post, "Maryland Offers Many Insured Men Free Vasectomy Coverage," 13 Feb. 2018 There wasn’t any long-term damage to my uterus but my husband decided to get a vasectomy. Fox News, "Emotional moment mom meets her baby for first time after she went into septic shock during labor," 10 July 2018 Yes, vasectomies can take care of unwanted fertility, too. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "What You Need to Know About Male Birth Control Pills," 1 Feb. 2018 Why some men schedule vasectomies during March Madness. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Well-timed vasectomies put lots of guys on the couch for March Madness basketball," 15 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of vasectomy

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vasectomy

borrowed from French vasectomie, from vas (deferens) vas deferens + -ectomie -ectomy

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English Language Learners Definition of vasectomy

medical : an operation that makes a man unable to make a woman pregnant : a surgery that prevents a man from producing sperm when he has sex


va·​sec·​to·​my | \ -tə-mē How to pronounce vasectomy (audio) \
plural vasectomies

Medical Definition of vasectomy

: surgical division or resection of all or part of the vas deferens usually to induce sterility

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