If you have taken the tough decision to get vasectomy procedure then first there are some important things that you need to know, about both the decision which you have made, and the procedure itself. Today then we are going to take a look at 4 key points which you need to know before you finally decide to take the bull by the horns and get this procedure done. This is a big decision for any man to make and it is essential that it is discussed with any partners prior to making the final decision.
Safe and Effective
A vasectomy is widely considered to be one of the safest procedures out there and almost all patients go through this without any complications at all. The procedure can be conducted under local anesthetic or sedation, and great news for everyone is that recovery doesn’t last very long. Most men can get back to work within 2 or 3 days, exercise again in a week and also be sexually active after 7 days.
No Sexual Malfunctions
Many men worry about their sexual functioning following a procedure such as this but there really is no cause for concern as the vasectomy will have no impact on the patient’s sex life. In terms of ejaculation it is important that we recognize that only 5-10% of the semen comes from the testicle, with the rest coming from the seminal vesicles and the prostate. The key difference of course, will be that the semen features no sperm. Less than 1% of men who have had this procedure complain about lack of sex drive after the operation.
Sterilization Time Frame
Having a vasectomy on Monday morning does not mean that by Tuesday there will be no sperm left, the sterilization process does take a little bit of time. As a general rule of thumb most surgeons advise that patients should continue to use birth control for 2 months following the procedure, or around 20 ejaculations afterwards. Your physician will do a check to ensure that you are 100% sterilized following the procedure, allowing you to stop using birth control, safe in the knowledge that you are sterilized.
There are a lot of myths surrounding the reversal of a vasectomy, some believe it cannot be done after a certain amount of time has passed, others believe it can never be fully reversed. The truth however is that the vasectomy can be reversed at any moment in the patient’s life. What should be understood however is that unlike the 20 minute procedure to complete the vasectomy, a reversal will take around 4-6 hours. There are other options which a sterilized patient may look into if they have chosen to have children, which would not involve a vasectomy reversal. It is important to ignore the myths and deal only in facts when discussing such a matter.