The decision to proceed with a vasectomy is a very personal one. So it is important that you have a clear understanding of what a vasectomy is and what it is not. The following will provide you with information that will assist you in deciding whether or not a vasectomy is an appropriate form of contraception for you.
A vasectomy is a permanent and effective means for preventing pregnancy. A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that cuts the vas deferens, the tube that brings sperm from the testes, where it is made, to the penis during ejaculation. This is a permanent form of birth control for men. Vasectomies can be reversible; however, it is not advisable to have one if you think you may change your mind at a later date.
Understandably, some men are apprehensive about the vasectomy procedure because it involves such a delicate area of the body. You can rest assured that our highly trained staff and experienced physicians will perform the vasectomy with great precision. It should also be noted that a vasectomy will not affect a man's libido, ejaculation, sexual pleasure, or his erections.
How It Works
There are two types of vasectomies: conventional and non-scalpel. In a conventional vasectomy, as small piece of the tube that connects your testicles to your penis is removed through two small incisions in your scrotum. A no-scalpel vasectomy uses a special instrument to puncture your skin and lift out the tube so it can be cauterized or tied.
After your vasectomy, your scrotum will be numb for one to two hours. You may have some swelling or minor pain in your scrotum for several days after surgery, but unless your work is strenuous, you should be able to return to work in a day or two. You may also have mild aching in your testicles during arousal for a few months after surgery.
Immediately after your surgery, try to lie on your back as much as possible for the rest of the day. Apply cold packs to the area of your scrotum and wear snug underwear or a jock strap for support to relieve discomfort.
You can resume sexual intercourse when it’s comfortable for you, usually in about a week. You should continue to use a backup method of contraception until your doctor confirms that your sperm count is zero.
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