If you have been asking yourself this question lately then this post is for you.
Vasectomies have been regarded as a method of birth control for around 70 years.
These days, Vasectomies are becoming more common as more men are becoming comfortable with the idea of having the procedure.
Even with the procedure being around for many years, there are still many misconceptions and questions. The top 4 questions we receive are summarized below:
- Can Vasectomies be reversed? Vasectomies are considered a permanent and irreversible method of birth control. And while there is a procedure called a vasovasostomy (vasectomy reversal), that might restore fertility afterward, you should never have a vasectomy if you are considering having children later in life.
- Will it affect my sexual performance or libido? Many men fear that a vasectomy will hinder their sexual performance or drive, but this is simply not the case. In a vasectomy, the two vas deferens are cut to prevent sperm from traveling from the testes to the penis. Nothing in the procedure affects physical sexual performance, and the man should still experience an erection and ejaculation. In fact, the testicles continue to produce sperm, but the sperm is absorbed by the body.
- Is sterilization immediate? Sterilization is not immediate and takes time. It usually takes a couple of months before sterility is complete, and 15 to 20 ejaculations are required to clear viable sperm from the reproductive system. You should use birth control until your doctor determines you are completely sterile.
- How will I feel after the procedure? As with any surgery, there will be some discomfort after the operation. Most men say the pain is “slight” and not “excessive.” An athletic supporter, ice pack, and non-aspirin pain reliever may help ease the pain. You will need to avoid strenuous physical work or exercise for about a week.
A vasectomy is a safe, fast procedure with few side effects.
Our own Dr. Kaminetsky has performed over 2500 vasectomies. If you are interested in a permanent male birth control solution, give University Urology a call at 212-686-9015. One of our friendly physicians will be happy to sit down with you and answer any questions you may have.