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The costs of a vasectomy is one important factor to consider when deciding “Should I get a vasectomy?” If you are interested in getting a vasectomy and you have health insurance, check with your provider to see if the procedure is covered. Most insurance programs and HMOs include some or most costs of a vasectomy, but you will likely be responsible for a co-pay or deductible.
If you do not have insurance, you may pay in cash or by credit card, as most medical offices accept major credit cards. In some cases, a doctor may offer a small discount if the vasectomy is paid for in advance in cash. Men can ask their healthcare provider about this option.
The costs of a vasectomy vary depending on the area of the country, the surgical technique used, and where the vasectomy is performed (e.g., a doctor’s office, local hospital, medical clinic). Some doctors and clinics provide a sliding scale according to income. Medicaid and other state programs may make a vasectomy affordable for men who meet the individual qualifications of such programs.
The average costs of a vasectomy can range from $400 to $1,200 or more, which typically includes the follow-up visits for sperm counts. However, when asking about the costs of a vasectomy, be sure to get a list of what is covered in the fee.
Some doctors and clinics charge one fee for the procedure and additional charges for anesthesia and follow-up sperm counts. Questions about the vasectomy itself as well as the costs and recovery should be discussed during a consultation. Be sure to ask whether your consultation is free or if there is a charge.
Costs of a vasectomy are significantly less than the female equivalent (a tubal ligation), which can cost up to 8 to 10 times as much. In the long run, a vasectomy can end up costing a couple much less than continuing to pay for birth control pills or other forms of contraception over many years.