What is a Vasectomy?
A Vasectomy is a surgical procedure that blocks or cuts the tubes that carry sperm from your testicles to your penis. It's usually done in an outpatient surgery center or doctor's office, and you can go home the same day.
A Vasectomy is considered permanent birth control because it prevents sperm from reaching the semen. A man who has had a vasectomy will still produce semen, but it won't contain any sperm. This means he can't father children after having one done--but he can still enjoy sex!
Are Vasectomies Reversible?
Are Vasectomies Reversible?
Yes, but it's not as simple as just reversing the procedure. The success rate of reversal surgery is low and depends on many factors, including:
Your age at the time of your vasectomy. If you had a vasectomy when you were young (under 30), there's a greater chance that your body will still produce sperm after surgery. If you had one later in life (30+) or have been sterile for more than 10 years, then chances are higher that your surgeon won't be able to retrieve any viable sperm from either side of your scrotum during surgery. In these cases, doctors may recommend IVF or ICSI instead.
How long ago did you get your vasectomy? The longer it's been since someone had theirs done--and especially if they've been sterile for over 5 years--the less likely they are to have any viable sperm left behind after being cut open again by doctors who need access so they can operate on them once more; this means fewer chances at getting pregnant naturally through intercourse alone without medical intervention such as IVF/ICSI treatments first."
What Are the Risks and Complications?
The procedure itself is relatively safe, but there are some potential complications that you should be aware of before going under the knife.
Risk of Infection: The vas deferens can become infected after a vasectomy, and this can happen even if you take antibiotics before and after your surgery. If you notice any redness or swelling in your scrotum or groin area within a few days after your procedure, contact your doctor immediately because it may be an infection.
Bleeding: Some men experience bleeding after their vasectomy due to minor cuts made during surgery on their scrotum or testicles (which are located inside). This usually stops within 48 hours of having the procedure done--but if it doesn't stop by then, contact your doctor immediately because it could be something more serious like a hematoma (blood clot) or testicular torsion (twisted testicle).
Is a Vasectomy Right for Me?
If you are considering a vasectomy, it's important to understand the pros and cons of the procedure. Vasectomies are effective at preventing pregnancy, but they do not prevent transmission of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). If you're in a monogamous relationship with someone who has been tested for STDs and is free from infection, then a vasectomy may be right for you.
If you're considering getting a vasectomy but have concerns about potential side effects or complications, talk with your doctor about other options such as condoms or birth control pills.
WHO SHOULD AVOID A VASECTOMY?
Men who have had previous testicular or scrotal surgeries should not undergo this procedure because there is an increased risk of bleeding during surgery. Men who have had prior infections in their genital area should also avoid having this surgery performed on them. If your partner has any serious medical issues such as diabetes or heart disease that might make pregnancy difficult later on down the road then it would also be wise not go through with this procedure now since there's no guarantee that she won't need help delivering her next baby!
How Much Does a Vasectomy Cost?
There are a number of factors that affect the cost of a vasectomy, including:
Insurance coverage. If you have health insurance, your plan may cover some or all of the procedure's cost. However, many plans only cover vasectomies in cases where they're medically necessary and not elective (such as in cases where someone has an increased risk for prostate cancer).
Payment options. You can choose to pay out-of-pocket for your vasectomy or use financing options like CareCredit or HealthEquity to spread out payments over time.
Preparing for a Vasectomy
Preparing for a vasectomy is an important step in the process. You'll want to make sure you have all of the necessary information, including what to expect during and after your procedure.
Here are some things that you should know:
What to Expect During the Procedure
Recovery After a Vasectomy
Guidelines for Recovery
When to Resume Normal Activities
When to See a Doctor
How Effective is a Vasectomy?
The success rate of a vasectomy is very high, but it's important to know that it's not 100%. For example, if you have sex with someone who has not had a vasectomy or any other form of contraception and your semen comes into contact with their vaginal fluids at the time of ovulation (the release of an egg), there is still a chance that pregnancy could occur. This is because there may be some sperm left in your ejaculate after surgery which can fertilize an egg if it reaches the uterus before it dies.
It's also important to note that even if you do everything right after surgery--including using another form of birth control until you've confirmed success--there are still some risks involved with having unprotected sex until your doctor confirms successful sterilization
What to Expect After a Vasectomy
After a vasectomy, you can expect to experience some changes in sexual function. These changes are usually temporary and may include:
Reduced intensity of orgasm
Decreasing frequency of erections (though this is rare)
A decrease in ejaculate volume and sperm count after about six months. Some men may notice that their ejaculate has become more watery or milky-looking than normal, but this is not necessarily a sign that the procedure failed or wasn't successful enough to prevent pregnancy.
Vasectomies are a safe, effective form of permanent birth control. They're also one of the most cost-effective methods available for men who don't want to use condoms or other forms of birth control.
Most men who choose this procedure have already had children and don't want any more, but some choose it as their first line of defense against unintended pregnancy. If you're considering getting a vasectomy, contact your Urologist to discuss treatment options.