Vasectomy (Male Sterilization)

Like all of the modules in the TRP, the vasectomy module is a complete package of resources needed to address the learning objectives of the module, including a session plan, PowerPoint presentations, and accompanying activities and resources. The module is designed for generic groups of health workers. The vasectomy module materials should be tailored and adapted according to the education and training background and learning needs of the identified participants. The module is designed for the providers in developing countries who most often are tasked with providing FP services—primarily nurses and nurse-midwives, as well as primary care physicians—and it assumes that participants will have a minimum level of clinical training.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the training, trainees should be able to:

  1. Describe the characteristics of vasectomy in a manner that clients can understand:
    1. What vasectomy is and how it works (mechanism and onset of action)
    2. Effectiveness
    3. Side effects
    4. Possible health risks (complications)
    5. Other characteristics (for example, lack of protection against sexually transmitted infrections, including HIV, and ease of use)
  2. Demonstrate the ability to:
    1. Screen clients for medical eligibility for vasectomy
    2. Explain to clients the NSV procedure and follow-up care
    3. Explain when to return to the clinic
    4. Address common concerns, misconceptions, and myths
    5. Conduct follow-up for vasectomy clients in a way that enchances continuing safety, satisfaction, and acceptance
  3. Describe when a man can have a vasectomy
  4. Explain how to manage side effects
  5. Identify clients in need of referral of vasectomy-related complications
  6. Demonstrate on anatomical models how to perform a vasectomy procedure
  7. Demonstrate on clients how to perform a vasectomy procedure

Read the Quick Start guide below, if you haven't already--and then explore the tabs at right to walk through the Facilitator's Guide, illustrative examples, presentation slides, handouts, and more--all of which you are free to adapt for your training participants' needs.