Vasectomy is 99.9% Effective for Birth Control
It’s rare these days to find a family that doesn’t use some type of contraception. From pills to condoms, shots, sponges or IUDs, couples make decisions about the size of their family.
Every year in the U.S., a half million men – 500,000 – get a vasectomy to permanently remove the risk of an unwanted pregnancy. Vasectomy is one of the safest and most cost-effective methods of birth control available. In terms of surgical options – it is significantly less complex and invasive than procedures available for women.
Contraception for Men
The less obvious benefit of vasectomy is sparing your spouse or partner from undergoing the equivalent surgery for women.
Vasectomy is a permanent birth-control method that is simple, compared to the permanent procedure that is available for women.
Vasectomies are an outpatient procedure performed at a doctor’s office under local anesthesia. The operation generally takes less than 30 minutes and the recovery time is only a few days.
The sterilization procedure for women is called tubal ligation. A tubal ligation is considered to be major surgery–invasive surgery–done under general anesthesia at a hospital or surgical center. It is more expensive, more dangerous, and less effective than vasectomy. The recovery is longer and may require an overnight stay at the hospital or surgical center after the operation.
Vasectomies also have a high success rate. The numbers on that? Typically, it’s 99.9% effective in preventing pregnancy.
Condoms are unreliable. With typical use, they’re only 85% effective in preventing pregnancy.
The reality is that occasional birth control for men who want to ensure against an unplanned pregnancy is just not available. Vasectomy is a safe, simple and affordable solution for men to take control of their sexual interactions. Vasectomy is the simplest way for men to eliminate the possibility of pregnancy.
At Gentle Procedures Dallas, we perform hundreds of no-scalpel, no needle, open-ended vasectomies for men in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
Common Questions About Vasectomy
Q. Will I still want to have to sex?
A. There’s no change in sexual performance or desire. Vasectomy doesn’t affect testosterone either.
Q. Is the procedure permanent?
A. Vasectomies can sometimes be reversed but we don’t encourage that thinking. You should consider this a permanent procedure.
Q. What if we change our minds and want to have more kids?
A.If you are not sure that your family is right-sized, you should probably wait until you are certain. Both you and your partner should be on the same page.
Q. Will my penis or testicles look different afterwards?
A. Not at all. The single puncture we use is so small it doesn’t even require stitches.
Q. How soon can I have sex?
A. We recommend one week. Also, be aware that there is still sperm in your system. You will need to use birth control until it your lab tests come back negative at 90 days post procedure.
Q. My wife is willing to have her tubes tied, why shouldn’t she?
A. It’s not that she shouldn’t – that’s up to your family. Perhaps the question to ask is why would she need to go through major surgery? Especially when a vasectomy serves the same purpose without hospitalization or general anesthesia. Also with vasectomy, you can always test your semen to ensure sterility. Not so with tubal ligation. You never really know if it’s still working. There is also a higher risk of ectopic pregnancy should tubal ligation fail and she get pregnant – a high cause of female mortality and morbidity.
Q. Is vasectomy affordable?
A. Yes. It is a one-time expenditure. No more paying for pills, shots, condoms, spermicide or sponges. Not to mention the cost of an unplanned pregnancy.
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