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I have asked my GP to be referred to a urologist for a vasectomy. Hopefully I will be placed on the waiting list soon. My question is, can a vasectomy be performed when the scrotum is contracted to keep the testicles closer to the body for the body heat. This normally happens to me as I am not used to he cold weather.

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Vasectomy is a procedure that takes about 15 minutes to perform under local anaesthetic.  It involves cutting, blocking or sealing the Vas Deferens (the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles in a man’s scrotum). These tubes are accessed using a traditional technique in which a small incision is made into either side of the scrotum or using a newer technique in which the scrotum is only punctured to access the Vas Deferens.

Access to the Vas Deferens would not be altered by the contraction of the scrotal sac as the tubes may still be reached through the incisions or puncture holes made.

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