If you want a permanent and effective means of birth control for men, vasectomy is your option. The procedure involves cutting the vas deferens – the tube that carries sperm to the semen. Vasectomy can be reversed, but not always. You should only consider the surgery if you are certain that you don’t want children anymore. Learn more about vasectomy in this guide.
Vasectomy is a minor surgery, which is usually done by urologists. There are two types of vasectomies – conventional and no-scalpel vasectomy. Conventional vasectomy involves making small cuts in the scrotum to reach the tube, following which sutures are used to stitch the scrotum. In a no-scalpel vasectomy, there are no cuts. The urologist will feel and clamp the vas deferens, following which they will make a small hole in the scrotum, which allows them to cut or tie the tube. The surgery is usually done under general anesthesia, and you can go home immediately after the effects of anesthesia wear off.
How effective is a vasectomy?
Vasectomy is considered a permanent form of birth control, but the results are not immediate. It can take up to three months to get rid of the existing sperm in your system. You will need to use other means of birth control until then. Your urologist will usually do tests after three months to see if there is any sperm in the semen.
What are the benefits of vasectomy?
Vasectomy is a simpler procedure when compared to tubal ligation. It doesn’t impact your ability to get erections or enjoy sexual activity and orgasms. It remains the ideal option for men who are sure about not having children further.
Are there any risks?
Eventually, vasectomy involves surgery and has a few inherent risks, including bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Most of these effects should fade within the next two weeks. Check with your urologist if you have an infection or bleeding under the skin. Other rare risks include granuloma and procedure failure.
Vasectomy is usually safe for most men, but as mentioned above, there are a few risks. Talk to your urologist, and if necessary, talk to a therapist to understand how the surgery could impact your self-esteem and confidence. Most men who go through vasectomy are happy with the outcome, and while reversible is possible, it isn’t the case for everyone. You should always weigh the pros and cons before making the decision.