A vasectomy is a popular form of male birth control that prevents sperm from traveling to the egg. This type of procedure is both safe and effective for men who no longer wish to have more children, and may be an alternative to other methods of birth control or sterilization for their female partner.
The skilled team at Urology Specialist Group perform a lot of vasectomies in-office and understand the difficulty surrounding the decision to move forward with a vasectomy. They offer the following reasons you may wish to consider a vasectomy to help you make a more informed decision.
A vasectomy as a birth control option is a highly effective way to ensure no unwanted pregnancies. Men who undergo a vasectomy have a less than 1% chance of conceiving a pregnancy with their female partner.
Condoms offer only 84% efficacy rate for preventing pregnancy, while birth control pills are 91% - 99% effective, but only if your partner uses them correctly every day.
The procedure to complete a vasectomy is simple and you have a minimal risk for bleeding or infection. During a vasectomy, your doctor cuts the two tubes that carry sperm from your testicles then stitches them closed.
The Urology Specialist Group physicians perform vasectomies in a comfortable office environment using a local anesthetic. The procedure generally takes about 10 minutes to complete and you can be out of the office in an hour or less.
In general, you can expect to fully recover from a vasectomy within 7-10 days. You can prevent discomfort immediately after your procedure using an ice pack.
The only limitations you have are avoiding heavy lifting and sexual contact for a week to allow you to heal properly. Your Urology Specialist Group doctor may also recommend other limitations depending on the type of work you do and your other usual activities.
The vasectomy procedure doesn’t cause damage to your penis. You won’t experience any side effects related to hormone changes either, as a vasectomy doesn’t interfere with hormone production or increase your risk for sexual dysfunction.
You will continue to produce sperm, but the cutting of the tubes won’t allow the sperm to travel outside of your body. Your body actually reabsorbs sperm following your procedure with no adverse effects to your health.
By having a vasectomy to prevent unwanted pregnancies, you can reduce the birth control burden on your female partner. This is especially important if your partner is unable to tolerate hormonal birth controls.
Vasectomies can also increase a couple’s spontaneity when it comes to sex. There’s no longer a need to ensure you have a condom or that female methods of birth control are being used correctly or working effectively.
The decision to have a vasectomy is a personal one and the Urology Specialist Group staff work with you to ensure it’s the right one for you.
In addition to reviewing your overall health and plans for family, your provider can also discuss what to expect during your procedure, so you feel comfortable and secure in your decision.
While the reversal of a vasectomy is possible, there’s no guarantee the procedure will work. Before committing to a vasectomy, you should feel free to discuss any questions or concerns you have with your Urology Specialist Group provider.
You can book a vasectomy consultation now using the online booking feature or by calling the office today.