When men research the vasectomy procedure for more information about cost, recovery, and risk, they may come across hyperbolic articles and blog posts claiming that there is a correlation between getting a vasectomy and cancer, particularly testicular cancer. Simply put, there is no concrete evidence that directly correlates getting a vasectomy to developing testicular cancer or other cancers.
There may be some studies that suggest a connection, but we encourage patients to consider the source of these studies and how old the study is before believing what they read. Any concerns should be brought to Dr. Martin Bastuba of the San Diego Vasectomy Center (SDVC) during your initial consultation. At SDVC, we encourage patients to openly address any questions they may have regarding any aspect of the procedure.
Are there risks to getting a vasectomy?
Vasectomy risks are typically broken up into short-term and long-term reactions. Short-term side effects are common after a surgical procedure and can include some swelling, bleeding, mild pain, or discomfort, and there is a possibility of infection. Most patients report some discomfort or swelling, but this is typically relieved by over-the-counter pain relief medications like ibuprofen and placing an ice pack or something like frozen peas on the testicles.
Long-term side effects are rare for the vasectomy procedure, but SDVC fully informs all patients of all potential risks involved with surgery. Long-term risks can include inflammation, and in very rare cases, chronic scrotal pain.
Do your research
One of the best ways to combat fears or concerns about getting a vasectomy is to take the time to thoroughly research the procedure. Many myths and misconceptions about vasectomies still persist, and articles and blogs continue to write falsehoods about side effects and long-term effects. These stories are harmful to anyone genuinely seeking effective permanent contraception.
We recommend that anyone considering a vasectomy visit our blog, which covers a wide range of frequently asked questions, including paying for a vasectomy, vasectomy effectiveness, and vasectomy reversal.