Every year, over 500,000 men in the United States choose to get a vasectomy. There is no more effective form of birth control than vasectomy. And most men qualify for a no-scalpel procedure that requires no hospitalization, no anesthesia, and minimal time off work that your urologist can complete in just 20 minutes.
Purely Vasectomies make vasectomies easy, efficient, and comfortable. We are a veteran-owned business serving men from around Arizona and beyond. We want you to make an informed decision about your vasectomy, so in this blog, we will cover the basic information every patient needs to know.
What Is a Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a medical procedure that interrupts the flow of sperm through the vas deferens, the narrow tube that connects the testes to the prostate to allow sperm to flow into semen.
Once the vas deferens is clipped, sperm no longer flows away from the testes. The procedure does not affect semen production, however, so the man continues to ejaculate as before.
The testes continue to produce sperm after a vasectomy. They swim up to the site of the incision and die.
Vasectomy Is a Way to Say “I Love You”
It is a lot easier for a man to get a vasectomy to prevent the release of sperm than it is for a woman to get a tubal ligation (“having their tubes tied”) to prevent the release of eggs.
Vasectomies can be performed at the urologist’s office with just local anesthetic. Tubal ligations require hospitalization and are performed under general anesthesia.
Confirming that a vasectomy was successful just requires coming in for a check of a semen sample a few weeks after the procedure. Confirmation that tubal ligation was successful requires an invasive procedure called a hysterosalpingogram. This procedure involves injecting a dye into the bloodstream, opening the cervix with a speculum, running a catheter through the uterus to the site of the incision, and taking x-rays after confirming the woman is not pregnant.
Both procedures are very reliable, but they are not absolutely perfect birth control forms. One in two men out of a thousand are still fertile after a vasectomy. About 20 women in a thousand will be after a tubal ligation.
Vasectomy is more reliable than the Pill, an IUD, or condoms. It is easier to prepare a man for an uninhibited sex life with his female partner than it is to operate on the woman.
How Can My Urologist Do a Vasectomy Without Cutting Through the Skin?
The no-cut method of doing a vasectomy has been around since the 1990s. It’s done through a tiny hole poked through the skin surrounding the scrotal sac.
The skin on the scrotum is very thin. Once the doctor pokes a tiny hole in the skin, another instrument is inserted to make it wider. There is no actual cut in the skin. There is very little bleeding.
The doctor reaches through the hole to bring the vas deferens to the surface. It’s cauterized to prevent further flow of sperm, and the connective tissue between the testes and the prostate is pulled over the new end of the vas deferens.
No stitches are required. The hole closes on its own after the surgeon drops the vas deferens back through the skin.
Recovery from No-Scalpel Vasectomy Is Easy
Since about a third of men have vasectomies at some point, many remember their fathers having the old-style procedure. The man had to lie on the couch for a few days, spending the whole time in pain.
This procedure isn’t your father’s vasectomy.
You may need a day or two with minimal movement. You may need two or three days off work if your job involves physical labor. It can take 72 hours for the swelling to go down.
But you will be past the most painful part of getting a vasectomy: getting shots of local anesthetic in your scrotum.
Most men can have sex again in about seven to 10 days—but don’t have sex yet without birth control.
Make sure you go to your follow-up appointment with your urologist to check a semen sample to ensure you do not need to use contraception to prevent pregnancy. Men may still be ejaculating normal sperm for the next 10 to 20 ejaculations after a vasectomy. We advise most of our patients to wait a full 90 days and to have a negative semen sample before having sex without taking steps not to get their partner pregnant.
Frequently Asked Questions About Vasectomies at Purely Vasectomies
Here are some common questions our patients ask.
Q. Can every man have the no-scalpel, no-needle procedure?
A. Sometimes, men have hydrocele, the buildup of fluid in the scrotal sac. For them, an open incision may be necessary.
Q. What is your most important advice for a man thinking about having a vasectomy?
A. Make sure you do not intend to have any more children. Vasectomies usually can be reversed, but the reversal is a more complicated procedure.
Q. Will a vasectomy change my sexual abilities?
A. Men perform just as well after vasectomy as before. And because the risk of pregnancy is no longer a concern, most men have stronger libidos after having the procedure.
Q. Does having a vasectomy increase my risk of developing prostate cancer?
A. No. There have been no fewer than 37 studies involving 16 million men to test the relationship between vasectomy and prostate cancer. A recent study found a 2 to 3% greater risk of non-cancerous tumors after vasectomy but no enhanced risk of invasive or lethal prostate cancer.
Ask the men who practice surgery at Purely Vasectomies if they would be willing to have the procedure.
Want to know more? Call us at (844) 667-7376 or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. The offices of Purely Vasectomies are located at 14231 N 7th St., Suite 3A, Phoenix, AZ 85022.