Making a decision on whether to have a vasectomy is a deeply personal one, but there are certainly many pros and cons to consider.
Many men are worried about having the snip because they believe it will cause problems for them during sexy time. Others are more concerned that they will be less manly and will lose their ability to father children forever. Many just stress out that it’s going to be painful and they don’t have time to take a few days off work to get it done.
Before looking at pros and cons, thanks to the government’s Health Direct website here are some facts about what a vasectomy actually is:
Hint: If there is any chance you may want children later, you can ask to have some sperm frozen. Talk to your doctor before arranging the procedure.
It can positively impact on the sexual satisfaction of couples because the worry of falling pregnant isn’t there. Since vasectomy prevents the release of sperm from the penis but not the release to testosterone, there is no decrease in the libido or sex drive of the man.
Studies say in most cases a vasectomy is 99 per cent effective when it comes to birth control which is ideal for couples who agree they don’t want to have any more children.
Compared to a woman having a tubal ligation a few years after she’s finished having children, a vasectomy can be performed as an out-patient and normal life can be resumed within a few days. It also means women can cease taking other methods of birth control.
Many men who have this procedure reported that they have a feeling of loss after realising a part of their reproductive system has been cut or sliced. Not being able to produce an offspring in the future can emotionally effect men long term.
A vasectomy is generally permanent. Sometimes it is possible to re-join the vas tubes, but this does not guarantee the man will be able to produce another child. The chances of success decrease with time after the procedure.
Some men experience chronic pain in the testicles, immediately or several months after the procedure. There might be pain, swelling and discomfort immediately after the procedure.
Additionally, unlike condoms this form of birth control can’t protect both sexual partners against sexually transmitted diseases.