A vasectomy is a safe procedure and, for most men, is a good option for permanent birth control. Here are a few things to keep in mind when considering a vasectomy.
- A vasectomy is safe. Though on rare occurrences men experience persistent pain, there are no serious consequences associated with the procedure.
- Vasectomies are effective overall. It’s also important to keep in mind that, while vasectomies are effective, statistics show that 11 out of 1,000 vasectomies will fail, causing an unintended pregnancy.
- Vasectomies aren’t effective immediately. It’s important for men to know that it may take up to 12 weeks to eliminate viable sperm from the system. After 12 weeks, a semen analysis will be done to ensure that there is no live sperm.
- Make sure permanent birth control is right for you. Although a vasectomy can be reversed, the procedure should not be considered unless the man is sure he doesn’t want more children. The longer a man has a vasectomy, the less likely it is for him to conceive if he chooses to reverse the procedure. If the vasectomy is reversed within three years, the chance of getting sperm back in to semen is around 97 percent. That number decreases substantially after ten years.
- Vasectomies won’t affect sex drive. Many men worry that a vasectomy will reduce the testosterone and, therefore, reduce sex drive. The procedure only blocks sperm and has no effect on sex drive.
Consult your physician today for more information on vasectomies and vasectomy reversal.