Understanding Vasectomy – 7 Facts Every Man Should Know

A vasectomy is one of the most effective options for contraception, yet many men still seem to know little about it and therefore shy away from the possibility of having a vasectomy. Once men understand the true facts about the procedure, it’s not nearly as scary as many men may imagine it to be. This article will be taking a closer look at vasectomy and some facts that every man should know.

#1 – The Procedure Is Simple and Painless

A vasectomy is only a minimally invasive procedure and is painless. Patients are first given a local anaesthetic to numb the region before a very small incision is made in the scrotum. Once the tube that delivers the sperm is located (vas deferens), it is cut. The incision location of the scrotum is then pinched back together and doesn’t even require any stitches to heal up.

There really is nothing to fear and patients experience very little discomfort following the vasectomy procedure.

#2 – Recovery Is Rapid

If you’re concerned you’ll be “out of action” for an extended period after having a vasectomy, don’t worry. Because of the minimally invasive nature of the surgery, guys can generally resume normal sexual activity within a week following a vasectomy. Simply take it easy for the first 7 days and avoid strenuous physical activity and you’ll be as good as new after only a week.

#3 – It Can Take Several Weeks Or Months For a Vasectomy To Be Successful

What does this mean exactly?

Following the procedure, sperm can remain in the delivery tube for up to several months and patients need to undergo a post-operative semen analysis 3 months following the procedure to ensure no sperm is present in the semen. This generally involves having two post-procedural tests to be certain. Once you’ve been given the all clear, the contraceptive process is complete and you’ll have no risk of impregnating anyone.

#4 – You Can Have the Snip Without the Cut

In other words, there is now a popular no scalpel vasectomy procedure you can take advantage of that doesn’t require the surgeon to make an incision in the scrotum. This procedure is even less invasive than a traditional vasectomy and potentially even more effective.

Once again, a local anaesthetic is administered to the scrotum before the procedure commences. Without cutting open the scrotum, the surgeon locates the vas deferens and isolates it with one hand. The vasa are then fixed with a special instrument. Pointed forceps are used to make a tiny incision through the scrotum’s skin. After the vasa have been extracted, the tubes are severed and sutured. The procedure can be completed in as little as five minutes. Healing and recovery time is also faster with this no scalpel method of performing a vasectomy.

#5 – Side Effects Are Minimal

While side effects can occur following any type of surgical procedure, the chances of enduring any real side effects following a vasectomy are minimal. At worst, you may experience some mild pain in the scrotum region for several days and perhaps some swelling and a little bleeding. If you experience these symptoms, they will generally resolve within the first few days after surgery.

#6 – A Vasectomy Doesn’t Affect Sexual Performance Or Enjoyment

This is what many men fear; that after they have had the snip, they either won’t be able to maintain an erection, or that sex simply won’t feel pleasurable anymore. Neither of these points is true. A vasectomy won’t affect your sex life and you’ll still enjoy the same satisfying erections and orgasms you’re accustomed to. As semen is comprised of a number of fluids, you will be able to ejaculate as normal. All that will be missing is the semen in your sperm.

#7 – The Main Advantage Of a Vasectomy

Now that you can no longer get a woman pregnant, your partner won’t need to take birth control pills and you will no longer have to wear a condom if you choose not to.

In Conclusion

A vasectomy is a quick, painless and extremely safe procedure that is proven to be one of the most effective forms of contraception available. Consult with your doctor or urologist today and discuss the possibility of having a vasectomy.