A vasectomy, also known as male sterilization, is a method of birth control for men in which the vas deferens tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the semen are cut and sealed off, preventing sperm from reaching the semen and thereby preventing conception during sexual intercourse. A vasectomy can be performed in the doctor’s office and typically takes about ten minutes to complete; some patients describe it as being similar to getting a routine prostate checkup.
What Is a Vasectomy?
A massacre is a surgical procedure used to sterilize men. During a vasectomy, one or both of the vasa deferentia are cut and sealed. There is no sperm in the ejaculate after that. It is considered more effective than alternative male birth control methods, such as condom use, which has an 18% failure rate in couples who don’t always practice safe sex, and birth control pills, which have about a 6% failure rate if taken every day as prescribed. A vasectomy only has about a 0.15% chance of becoming pregnant in couples who always follow their partner’s doctors’ directions for protection against pregnancy.
To perform the procedure, an incision is made on either side of your scrotum. Once those cuts are made, a surgeon reaches inside your scrotum to cut and seal the tubes that carry sperm. The surgery can be done under local anesthesia or even using no anesthesia at all, but you will most likely need an erection so that everything can be reached easily and blood vessels can be seen. In some cases, as many as three small incisions might need to be made around each testicle in order to reach every tube. After sealing off these tubes (and tying them off), you’ll receive stitches or surgical staples along with something called sutures that will keep everything tight and closed up until it heals completely.
– Return to work one week after surgery, as long as you feel capable of doing so.
– Avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting in the first week.
– Wear support underwear or jockstrap during this time to reduce swelling and promote healing.
– You should also avoid sexual intercourse, biking, horseback riding, heavy walking, and running for at least two weeks after surgery.
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Risks & Aftercare:
The vasocopright procedure is one of the most effective forms of birth control. However, there are some risks to be aware of that can affect you if you’re considering getting this surgery. These include allergic reactions, sperm granulomas (small fluid-filled bumps), testicular pain, and difficulties with erections or orgasm. Doctors will likely prescribe medication following your vasectomy in order to reduce pain and inflammation.
When Can I Return to Work?
You will need to schedule an appointment with your doctor or urologist and inform them that you would like to have a vasectomy done. Depending on your doctor’s protocol, you may need to take some time off from work before the procedure in order to prepare mentally and physically. There is not much preparation needed for getting a vasoepididymostomy; generally speaking, you can return to work after 2-3 days of rest following the surgery, though be sure to check with your physician if they recommend any different post-op protocol.
As always, be sure that you follow all safety protocols while working. For example, do not engage in activities involving heavy lifting or continuous strain on your abdomen until two weeks after your surgery.
What’s Next? Will I Get My Old Mojo Back?
If you’re considering a vasectomy, or have just had one done, there are a few things to keep in mind. As we’ve mentioned, sperm will no longer be present in ejaculation after the procedure is complete; this means that women who rely on those sperm to fertilize their eggs (such as some couples undergoing IVF) will no longer be able to do so. Another thing that’s important to consider is that while most men get their old mojo back soon after surgery, it can take up to six months before the sexual function is back to where it was before. If you’re concerned about potency and orgasms- yes, they do still happen post-vasectomy!
What Are the Pros and Cons of Having a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is very effective, immediately reducing sperm count and sperm motility to 0%. It is done in the office under local anesthesia, can be reversed if necessary, and may have fewer complications than female sterilization. On the other hand, vasectomies are more invasive and cannot be done as often as female sterilization procedures. Also, there are risks related to anesthesia and some men experience lower sexual function after undergoing this procedure. The decision about whether or not to get a vasectomy should be carefully weighed with all of these pros and cons in mind.
Is There Any Reason Not To Have One?
A vasectomy has been shown to be nearly 100% effective in preventing pregnancy, making it one of the most effective forms of birth control. But there are some situations where having a viagra may not be advisable. If you have sex with men, you should use another form of contraception while you wait out any sperm that may still reside in your tubes after surgery. Similarly, if you are married and have not had your tubes tied during abdominal surgery and may need to become pregnant again, don’t have a vasectomy.