A vasectomy is a procedure that cuts and seals the tubes that carry sperm which is included in a man’s ejaculation (seminal) fluid. It is a popular method of birth control which prevents a woman from falling pregnant, without having to resort to oral contraceptives, which often have a range of dangerous side effects.
This is usually a safe procedure which is often performed in a doctor’s office. While the risk of complications is low, and mostly clear up on their own, more serious issues could be in need of a doctor’s attention.
Although there are potential side effects with a vasectomy, there are also some myths attached to a procedure:
None of these are true. However, if you do have some concerns about having a vasectomy, discuss the issue with your doctor before you make a decision.
The vasectomy procedure is done in a relatively short space of time, but as the tubes which are cut and sealed are situated just behind the testicles, it is not usual to experience a little pain or discomfort in that area. This is not considered a complication, and can be successfully treated with anti-inflammatory pain killers.
Supportive underwear which lift the testicles away from the surgical site, will also help ease any pain or irritation.
If you experience symptoms like a more urgent need to urinate, painful urination, a lump on a testicle, blood in the urine, or swollen glands in the groin, there might be an infection which will need antibiotics from the doctor to fix.
A vasectomy in not a serious procedure and the benefits are well known. The American Urological Association estimates that up to 500,000 men in the US have a vasectomy each year, and less than 1% suffer any serious, long term, or even short term, complications.
However, it is pertinent to realise that a vasectomy is not an immediate birth control method. It takes 8 to 16 weeks for the sperm to be gone completely. Your doctor will probably ask you to come back that during that period to provide a semen sample to be absolutely sure you are “sperm free.”
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