Friday, September 23, 2016

Should I Get A Vasectomy?

Sep. 23, 2016

Dear Cathy:

We have 8 children and we don’t really want any more children. My wife doesn't want to take birth control or have her tubes tied. So I am thinking about a vasectomy. However, I have heard that having a vasectomy, will hurt me when it comes to being sexually aroused. What do you think? Getting Snipped for Vasectomy, Alabama

Dear Getting Snippped for Vasectomy:

A vasectomy blocks sperm from moving into your semen. Many couples choose it because it works. Vasectomies have a 99% success rate in preventing pregnancy. It's also simple and safe. You can do it in a doctor's office and it only takes 15-30 minutes. The risks, like infection and bleeding, are low.

First, a doctor numbs your scrotum with a local anesthetic so you won't feel any pain. He makes a small opening in your skin, and then blocks or removes a tube called the vas deferens, which keeps sperm from getting into your semen.

Remember without sperm, there's no way your partner will get pregnant. Recovery time is quick and you may not need stitches, but if you do, they'll dissolve on their own. 

You may have discomfort or swelling for a few days. Icing the area can help. You'll probably be back at work and your usual routine in 2 days.

Some men worry a vasectomy will be bad for their sex life, but that's not the case. It won't change how you feel during sex. Men will have normal erections and ejaculate after vasectomy. The only difference is you won't have any sperm.

Your lovemaking may actually get a boost, especially when you don’t have to think about birth control. There are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, it takes time for sperm to leave your system. You'll need backup birth control for about 10 weeks or 20 ejaculations.

Also, there's a steep price for changing your mind once it's done. While some men will have successful reversals, it is a costly procedure and doesn't always work and is not covered by insurance. The procedure to undo a vasectomy is much more intensive. It's done in a hospital and takes hours. So think before going under the knife.

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