In this medical video find out how men now have another option for preventing pregnancy. See how a new procedure lets you take control of contraception.
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Jennifer Matthews: Chuck Everson is a deputy sheriff. He routinely makes life and death decisions. He recently made a personal choice that carried the same seriousness. He chose to have a new type of vasectomy. Chuck Everson: It was my responsibility, I believe, to take charge of birth control after my wife had two difficult pregnancies; one almost causing her to die. Jennifer Matthews: It's called Vasclip. Urologist Lewis Kriteman says, unlike the traditional vasectomy, he no longer has to cut the vas deferens that carries sperm. Lewis Kriteman: The big difference between this, and the other ways we do the procedure, is that we do not need to cut out a segment of vas. As a result, we clamp across the vas, and that's all we do. Jennifer Matthews: A clamp, the size of a grain of rice clicks on and prevents sperm from passing through. In a study of 300 men, there was less pain and fewer complications such as swelling and bleeding. Lewis Kriteman: 24 to 36 hours after the procedure, you can get back to doing regular activity as far as walking, exercising, and things along those lines. It's probably a little bit longer when we do a traditional vasectomy. Chuck Everson: It was easier than going to the dentist. Jennifer Matthews: And as for accuracy? Doctors say it is 97.5 Percent effective at preventing pregnancy. This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.