Non-Scalpel Vasectomy in Auckland & NZ

Time for the snip? Safe & Effective No Scalpel Vasectomy

Looking for an effective and safe birth control option? A vasectomy offers a more than 99% success rate in contraception. Here at The Cooper Clinic, we practice non-scalpel vasectomies to offer safe, comfortable and hassle-free family planning for men. There’s no injection or operation on the penis or testicles – just a quick snip and seal of the tubes (vas deferens) that carry your sperm to the outside world.

A vasectomy won’t change your sex drive, hormone levels or your ability to get an erection. Our clinicians are friendly, experienced and gentle – making your experience as easy as possible. We offer multiple locations with a one-stop-shop appointment and virtual follow-ups as required.

If it’s time to close up shop, chat with us today about getting the snip. Plus, you could be eligible for a free vasectomy with approved insurance providers (conditions apply).

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Cost of a vasectomy with local anaesthetic


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What to Expect

Once you are booked in for your vasectomy, you need to follow these following instructions:

  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory painkillers like Ibuprofen within 24 hours of the procedure.
  • Paracetamol may be taken prior to the procedure.
  • Please avoid consuming alcohol 24 hours prior to the procedure
  • Have a warm shower on the day of the procedure
  • Wear firm fitting underwear on the day of the procedure. Please avoid boxer shorts.
  • You are encouraged to shave your pubic hair on the morning of the procedure
  • Please organise a cold ice pack ready in the car

Please organise transportation to and from our clinic. Because it is done under local anaesthetic, you should be able to drive yourself home, unless advised otherwise.

  • Prior to the introduction of non-scalpel vasectomy, many vasectomies required scalpel incision and suturing.


  • However, our modern technique only requires a single puncture of the skin with a special electrosurgical device colloquially called the laser vasectomy. This minimises infection, pain and bleeding. The injection of local anaesthetic requires skill by the doctor, to minimise discomfort and achieve maximum numbness in the shortest time possible.


  • In general there are multiple variations to the non-scalpel vasectomy technique. A closed ended vasectomy used to be the norm. However, it can lead to some men experiencing congestive epididymitis.


  • These days, most techniques favour an open ended approach, allowing the tubes to stay open and sperm to be released to the scrotum. However, the absolute volume is very small, hence it would not be noticeable. Sperm will be naturally absorbed and the risk of congestive epididymitis is minimal.
  • Immediately after the procedure, we will monitor your recovery and observe you for 10 minutes in the treatment room. You will have a small scar on your scrotum that will heal up and close over time. The local anaesthetic will wear off within the hour. Ice packs and over-the-counter pain medication would be helpful at this point.


  • You can drive home after your procedure if you have had a local anaesthetic. If you have had sedation you should arrange for someone to collect you as you cannot drive until the next day.


  • Recovery time varies with everyone. General advice is that you may be able to return to work the following day if it is not a physical profession involving heavy lifting. Sexual activities may be resumed after 7 days.


  • If your work is physically strenuous then you may need up to 1 week off work and then arrange only light duties for the following week. You will also have to stop non-contact sport for up to 2 weeks.


  • It is also very important that you use an additional form of contraception for the first three months following your surgery, until your semen test (taken after 3 months) establishes that no sperm is present.


“I would highly recommend Dr Wee for your vasectomy. He takes care of you quickly and painlessly. If you closed your eyes and blocked your ears you would not even know it was happening.  10/10 for his communications, service and value.”

RL. from Glen Eden

“Friendly and professional doctor and nurse, on time and prepared. Good premises with parking within the Fred Thomas Drive medical centre…”


“In and out in 10 minutes, and pain level was a surprisingly pleasant 2/10 during the procedure. Felt sweet the next day even washed my cars, highly recommend.”


Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifications does a vasectomy doctor have?

The main qualification is to be a registered doctor. From there, a vasman in NZ has undertaken further training in performing a traditional vasectomy or in using the no-scalpel technique (which is what we use at The Cooper Clinic).

How do you get a vasectomy in New Zealand?

Once you have decided that a vasectomy is the right choice, it is a matter of choosing a vasectomy doctor and booking in for your procedure. The no-scalpel technique is a simple procedure where local anaesthetic is used to numb the scrotum, a tiny hole is created in the scrotum, and the tubes carrying sperm are then snipped and the ends of vas deferens are reinserted in the same puncture hole.

Who performs a vasectomy in New Zealand?

A urologist or a doctor who has received further training can perform a vasectomy in New Zealand. The actual procedure can be relatively simple, however, a vasectomy reversal can be much more difficult and will need the skills of a urologist or surgeon for a successful operation.

How does a vasectomy work?

Essentially a vasectomy works as a form of tubal ligation, where a doctor will cut tubes carrying sperm so the live sperm cannot leave the body. After 12 weeks they will conduct semen tests and confirm negative sperm counts.

Can a vasectomy fail?

Whilst vasectomies have a high success rate, no procedure is 100%. At Cooper Clinic we offer free re-dos if your vasectomy has failed. We also encourage patients to contact us if they have any complications post their procedure. There is a 1% to 2% of possible complications such as sperm granuloma, bleeding or infection.

What is it like to have a vasectomy?

A local anaesthetic is used to numb the scrotum so the minimally invasive surgery is generally painless. Most men are back to a normal routine within a few days, however, we strongly recommend no sex for a week, avoid heavy lifting for at least 2 weeks and use ice packs and simple pain relief like paracetamol to alleviate any discomfort.

Is a vasectomy reversible in NZ?

Whilst it’s possible to perform a vasectomy reversal, it’s not always a guarantee. The procedure involves re-joining the ends of the vas deferen that have been cut. You should discuss this with your doctor or a vasman in NZ to determine if a reversal would work for you.

Are there any long-term health risks of having a vasectomy?

Vasectomies are considered a safe and highly effective form of permanent contraception for men. Long-term health risks associated with vasectomy are very rare. Complications can occur, as with any surgical procedure, but these are typically minor and treatable. Research has largely refuted any major long-term risks.

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