Vasectomy can effectively prevent pregnancy and be the right birth control option for you and your partner if you are planning not to have kids anymore or never want to have one in the first place. If you are considering a vasectomy, you should not be scared about the procedure. A vasectomy is an outpatient procedure that can be completed in less than an hour. Also, the recovery period for this procedure is short. Plus, your Vasectomy Doctor can explain to you what to expect before, during, and after the procedure.
Misconceptions About Vasectomy
Because many people have wrong notions about vasectomy, some people can become more hesitant in getting the procedure. However, it is important to know that the procedure is about disconnecting the tube that delivers sperm from your testes to the semen during sex. Getting a vasectomy does not mean losing your testes.
In addition, people associate a vasectomy with erectile dysfunction. After the procedure, your testes continue to produce sperm, which only die in place and are absorbed by the body. Also, the procedure does not affect your testosterone levels and your ability to get an erection.
What to Expect During a Vasectomy?
Vasectomy can be performed with a local anesthetic. It can be offered as a no-scalpel minimally invasive procedure that only involves making very small punctures in your scrotal skin. This reduces the discomfort and swelling you may feel after the procedure. Also, this method minimizes the risk of infection and bleeding.
When performing a vasectomy, your surgeon will find and expose the vas deferens. Then, they will get rid of a small part of the tube through a small incision. By disturbing the vas, sperm cannot be transported during ejaculation. To ensure the two ends of the tubes won’t rejoin, the ends will be sealed and stitched.
After a vasectomy, your doctor will send you home with a prescription for pain killers. When recovering from the procedure, you should take it easy. You may be advised not to exert yourself physically during the first 1-2 days. You should be able to return to work after a day or two. But you must avoid exercise routines including weightlifting, intense activity, swimming, or running a week following a vasectomy. You can assume sexual activity once you feel comfortable. However, it is important to practice birth control with your partner until your doctor confirms, through a sperm analysis, that your semen does not have sperm anymore.