You might have considered vasectomy if you are looking for permanent birth control. Vasectomy is permanent male sterilization. The decision to get a vasectomy should not be taken lightly. Both partners should take time to think if it is the right choice. Contact Lazare Urology if you want to get a vasectomy done.
Things you should know before getting a vasectomy
A vasectomy is the right choice for you if:
- You have no desire to have no more or any children.
- You do not want to impregnate your partner for health-related reasons.
- You or your partner carries some sort of genetic disorder that you do not want to pass over to the next generation.
Vasectomy is not the right choice for you if:
- Both partners are unsure about having children.
- If interested in temporary birth control.
Vasectomy can be performed under local anesthesia or conscious sedation. In local anesthesia, pain medicine will be given directly to the scrotum to numb the site. You will stay awake during the procedure. Taking conscious sedation, it will sedate you and relieve anxiety during the process while receiving local anesthesia directly to the scrotum. Other than the anesthesia, the process is the same.
You are might wonder how long it will take to return back to normal life. Well, most men can:
- Restart normal exercise in one week
- Have sexual intercourse in one week
- Return to work in three days.
Will it affect sexual functioning?
A vasectomy will not lower your sex drive nor negatively impact your capability to have an orgasm or erection. Only 6 to 10 percent of the ejaculation will come from the testicle, and others from upstream structures like the prostate and seminal vesicles. The ejaculation will feel and look the same with no sperm in it.
After the surgery, the sperm count will decrease in your ejaculation. You will need to use contraceptives or birth control until the semen sample shows completely sperm free and get the response from your physician. It usually takes two months.
Can a vasectomy be reversed?
The decision of the patient may change in the future. They may have second marriages and want kids, so medical science respects that dynamic life. There are few options to have pregnancy after vasectomy. One can have vasectomy reversal or surgical sperm retraction.
A vasectomy takes around 20 minutes; a vasectomy reversal can take up to six hours because the process becomes much more complicated.