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Call Our Receptionist or Contact Us Online
You may always call our receptionist at 206.525.4090 (or 800.636.4090) to ask questions or to request that we mail you our free information packet. You can download the entire contents of the packet from the Forms page of this website. Please carefully read the 8 page Informational Booklet (see Forms) and call us with any questions you have.
Talk to the Doctor
If you would like just to talk to the doctor on the phone before committing to an appointment, just ask our receptionist. Dr. White or Dr. Wilson will be happy to call you. There is no charge for this call, and no obligation.
Make an Appointment – Single Visit or Two?
Most of our patients prefer to have their consultation and vasectomy in a single office visit. This is particularly convenient for the couple who has no serious doubt about their decision. You may call us to request an appointment time that is convenient for you, or email your request using our Contact Form.
You may choose to schedule an initial consultation appointment with the doctor to discuss your own situation, vasectomy, other birth control choices, and whatever questions you would like to address. Your partner is encouraged to attend the visit and ask her questions, too. The doctor will do a physical exam and show you exactly what to expect during the procedure. This separate visit is especially appropriate for patients who may have been referred by their doctor because of significant or complicating medical conditions or prior surgery or abnormality in the scrotal area.
Please complete the three Patient Registration Forms, either before or after you schedule your appointment. They may be submitted using our File Upload Portal or mailed or faxed to us. We will review them once you have scheduled or requested an appointment.
Most health insurance plans cover vasectomy. Your own coverage and benefits will be determined by your insurance policy. When you provide us with your policy number, our staff will check with your plan to verify your coverage and benefits and determine what your share will be. We are a contracted provider with most insurance plans. We bill them directly and accept their payments and adjustments as determined by their contract terms, which are different for each plan. We will collect your co-pay and deductible at the time of your visit.
Please be aware that insurance companies will not guarantee your coverage, and you may owe a balance after they process your claim.
We no longer accept Medicaid, which is Apple Health in Washington.
To help us serve you, please call us or upload your policy information in advance of your appointment.
If you do not have insurance coverage, or if you choose not to use insurance, we offer an out-of-pocket rate payable by VISA/MC/AMEX at the time of your visit. Please call us to discuss.
We ask for a bankcard authorization when you schedule your appointment. We will charge a $50.00 broken appointment fee to your card only if you do not keep your appointment. There is no charge if you cancel or reschedule with at least 48 hours notice. Insurance does not cover broken appointment fees.
Once you have obtained all the information you need and have made your decision and scheduled your vasectomy, the rest is easy.
- Avoid all aspirin and aspirin-containing products (such as Bufferin, Excedrin, Alka Seltzer) for five days before vasectomy. Also stop ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatories two days before vasectomy. You may use Tylenol at any time.
- Lather and wash the scrotum and groin area well the evening before or day of your vasectomy.
- The day before, shave or trim away the hair from a two-inch circle on the front of the scrotum, just below the base of the penis. Or you may choose to leave the shaving to the doctor.
- Wear a clean pair of briefs or boxer-briefs, rather than boxers. Don’t own briefs? You may wear your bike shorts or a Speedo to provide support to the scrotum.
- Maintain your normal diet on the day of your procedure.
Your Visit to the Clinic
Plan to arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment time, allow one and a half hours at the clinic, and plan to go straight home afterward. We do encourage you to have your spouse or partner accompany you and participate in the consultation. She may also stay with you during the procedure if you wish. In any case, for your safety and comfort, the doctors require that you have someone to drive you home. When you arrive and register, we will collect the balance of your fee or your insurance deductible and co-pay.
During your personal consultation we will review your health history. Be sure to complete and return the brief Health Questionnaire (pdf), included in forms. We will ask if you have read and understand the Informational Booklet (pdf). Your doctor will respond to any questions you have about vasectomy. You will have the opportunity to decline the operation if, for any reason, you have changed your mind. You will need to sign the Consent Form (pdf). We recommend that your wife or partner also sign the form to indicate her support of your decision and acceptance of sterilization.
Understanding the Procedure
Everything you should know about the procedure is presented in the Informational Booklet (pdf). We can fill in more details and answer all your questions during your consultation. If, on the other hand, you prefer not to hear all the surgical details, you may skip the section entitled, “The Detailed Surgical Procedure.”
Please read the After Vasectomy Instructions (pdf) carefully. Prevention is the key to avoiding complications. Exertion, especially straining, during early healing can start a hematoma. Plan ahead if you need to adjust your work or sports schedules to comply with the Activity Guidelines for the next week.
Follow Up Care
Your healing will probably proceed uneventfully, and no routine follow up visit will be scheduled for you. But if you are uncertain about how you are healing, if you are having pain or other concerns, please call us at the clinic for advice.
You will take home a container and Test Instructions for completing testing before you discontinue other forms of birth control. You may test as early as six weeks, although some patients require several months before they will test clear. If your test is not clear yet, you will be asked to try again, later. You may find our Testing Schedule on the Contact Us page.