Vasectomy, or “male sterilization,” is a safe, simple procedure that’s performed on more than 500,000 American men each year. If you’re considering getting a vasectomy, but have concerns about what the procedure entails, we’ll outline the things you should know below.
What to Know Before Getting a Vasectomy
Here we’ll list facts you should know about getting a vasectomy, including that it’s safe, your sexual health won’t be affected, and that it can be reversed.
1. A Vasectomy is a Safe, Simple Procedure
A vasectomy is most often done in your doctor’s office and, if you prefer, under general anesthesia. It’s safe, simple, and many people opt for local anesthesia. No matter which anesthesia you choose, you should arrange for someone to drive you home. You should also take a day or two off work. If your job requires lifting or vigorous activity, you should plan to take at least one week off to recover.
2. Sterilization Isn’t Immediate After a Vasectomy
Vasectomies aren’t immediately effective, so plan on using another form of contraception for several weeks following your procedure. Most urologists test your semen after three months or 20 ejaculations – whichever comes first – to look for the absence of sperm.
3. A Vasectomy Won’t Affect Your Sexual Drive or Functioning
A vasectomy shouldn’t decrease your sex drive or negatively impact your ability to have an erection or orgasm. Your ejaculation will look and feel the same, but, microscopically, there won’t be any sperm in your semen. If you feel any changes in your sexual drive or functioning, talk with your doctor.
4. Vasectomies Can Be Reversed
Before getting a vasectomy, you should be certain that you don’t want the option to have children, or more children, in the future. That said, if things change, you can have your vasectomy reversed, but the procedure is more costly than the initial vasectomy and the success rate decrease over time.
5. You Should Consider the Pros and Cons Before Getting a Vasectomy
The decision to get a vasectomy shouldn’t be taken lightly. Make sure that you and your partner agree before moving forward.
A vasectomy may be right for you if:
- You’re certain that you don’t want children or more children
- Your partner shouldn’t get pregnant for the sake of her health
- You and/or your partner have genetic disorders that you don’t want your child to have
A vasectomy may not be right for you if:
- You and/or your partner aren’t sure whether or not you want children
- You’re interested in temporary birth control
Learn More About Getting a Vasectomy with Baptist Health
If you want to learn more about getting a vasectomy, find a Urology Care Provider near you today.