If you are planning to have a vasectomy, your doctor will review a list of possible complications with you, which may include:
- Chronic pain in and around the testes
- Sperm granuloma—lumps due to immune system response to sperm leaking from the reproductive organs
- Ability to still make a woman pregnant
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Local infections
- Bleeding disorders
- Prior surgery in that area
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