If you and your partner are considering a vasectomy, you should be aware of certain facts. It is an outpatient surgery with a low risk of complications or side effects, and it is nearly 100% effective in preventing pregnancy. One other important fact is that it is cheaper than female sterilization or the longterm costs of birth control methods for women. With those facts out of the way, let’s dig deeper about vasectomy: how it works and what to expect.
Half a million men in the U.S. undergo a vasectomy each year, and it has now become the most commonly performed urological procedure. By comparison though, three times more women undergo permanent contraception. With tubal ligation comes more health risks for the female because it is a more invasive procedure. In addition, it is much more costly, and it requires a longer recovery time. What’s wrong with this picture?
It’s time to clear up some myths about vasectomy and provide some factual information that every man should know.
A vasectomy is a safe procedure and, for most men, is a good option for permanent birth control. Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering a vasectomy.
When a new study came out in 2014 suggesting that men who had a vasectomy were at increased odds of getting prostate cancer, questions and apprehensions emerged. The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), reported an “increased risk of the most lethal kind of prostate cancer” for men who had vasectomies done. This has since caused worrisome thoughts for men who previously had the procedure and increased hesitations for those thinking about getting one in the future.
Since it is a permanent form of birth control, many men have questions or concerns before having a vasectomy. This is normal and to be expected.
Here are a few common vasectomy myths that many patients have de-bunked:
A vasectomy reversal, also known as a vasovasostomy, is a surgical procedure where the tubes are reconnected. A vasovasostomy is considered an outpatient procedure, so an overnight hospital stay isn’t necessary.
Before considering a vasectomy or a vasectomy reversal, it’s important to know the risks associated with the reversal of the procedure.
A vasectomy is considered a permanent form of birth control. However, it is possible to have a vasectomy reversal if you decide you want to be fertile. Continue reading “Vasectomy Reversal Success Rates”