Question: Can I get sterilized at your clinic? And if so is there an age requirement? I am 24 with 1 child already and have no plans for another at all in my future.
Answer: We do not preform sterilization procedures at our clinic but there are many providers locally that do. Currently, most providers require patients to be at least 21 years of age. Most health insurance plans cover birth control, including sterilization, for free or for a very low cost.
Question: I am 23 years old and interested in a vasectomy, but do not have insurance that will cover the procedure. What would the cost be and location where the procedure would take place?
Answer: Vasectomy procedures can range from $350-1,000 and are usually preformed by an urologist. Although Family Planning does not perform any vasectomy services, some reproductive health clinics may. I recommend contacting the reproductive health clinics in your area and inquire if they perform vasectomy services and whether or not they charge using a sliding scale based off your income. Local urologists can also be considered, however, because you do not have sterilization insurance coverage, you will be considered as a self-pay patient.
Considering a vasectomy, especially in your 20’s, should be taken seriously. It is intended as a permanent procedure, and although it can be reversed, it is difficult, expensive and not always successful.
“How would I go about getting a vasectomy and who do i go to?”
A: “Vasectomy is a long-term, low-cost choice for contraception and should be considered permanent. Urologists perform most vasectomies. By contacting a urologist in your area you will be able to discuss the procedure and determine whether or not it is the best option for you.”