A vasectomy is a highly effective form of male birth control that seals off the tubes that deliver sperm to semen, meaning you can’t get a woman pregnant. The urologists at the Urology Specialist Group in Hialeah and Miami Lakes, Florida, are experts at performing vasectomies as a safe and efficient option for men looking to prevent pregnancy. To find out if a vasectomy is right for you if you’re in the greater Miami or Fort Lauderdale areas of South Florida, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.
A vasectomy works by cutting off the pathway of sperm to your semen. The procedure is performed by cutting and tying the vas deferens using heat or surgical clips. This rerouting of your sperm causes no impact to your other sexual functions, and vasectomies can be performed under local anesthetic and require very little aftercare.
Once the procedure is over, it's recommended that you limit your physical activity for at least 24 hours. You may experience bruising and pain in the surgical area. It's also recommended that you avoid sexual activity for the first two weeks as it can result in painful ejaculation or blood in the semen.
Vasectomies don’t provide immediate results. After your procedure, it’ll be several months before your semen is clear of any sperm.
A vasectomy is a very low-risk procedure. Vasectomies can be performed under local anesthesia and have little to no side effects. Unless you suffer from chronic testicular pain or testicular disease, there are very few risks to consider when thinking about a vasectomy.
The risks associated with vasectomies are issues that generally occur immediately after surgery, such as:
For men looking to prevent pregnancy for the long term, vasectomies are the safest and most effective birth control option.
While the common perception of vasectomies is that they can be reversed, vasectomy reversal is actually more difficult than the vasectomy itself. Although it’s possible to restore the pathway of the vas deferens, there is no guarantee.
If you’re considering a vasectomy, it's important to be sure that you don’t want children in the future.
Another common misconception about vasectomies is that they can impair other sexual function. A vasectomy has no impact on sex drive, semen production, erectile function, or sexual health. The only impact a vasectomy has is eliminating your ability to father a child.
If you’d like to speak with an experienced urologist about the risks and benefits of a vasectomy or any other men’s health concerns, call the Urology Specialist Group or schedule an appointment online today.