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Five Questions to Ask If You’re Thinking About Getting a Vasectomy

Five Questions to Ask If You’re Thinking About Getting a Vasectomy

Getting a vasectomy may not seem as straightforward as initially expected. After all of the time and consideration it takes to decide that a vasectomy is the right choice, most men still have questions about everything from how to find a qualified vasectomy surgeon to when will they feel like themselves again.

This is completely understandable, and we at the San Diego Vasectomy Center (SDVC) have prepared a five question guide for men who are leaning toward getting a vasectomy, but might not be quite ready to schedule a consultation.

  1. Is now the right time for a vasectomy?

The decision to have a vasectomy is very personal. Men need to seriously consider whether they do not wish to have children or if they have already completed their family and will not want to have more children in the future. Although a vasectomy is reversible, we caution patients to consider a vasectomy as a permanent method of birth control. We also have a blog post dedicated to patients considering if now is the right time for a vasectomy.

  1. Who will perform my vasectomy?

When exploring options, it’s common for men to wonder what type of physician they’ll want for the procedure. Success rates are certainly one factor to consider, and so is the physician’s experience. Dr. Martin Bastuba of SDVC performs more than 300 vasectomies each year with a 99 percent success rate. Dr. Bastuba offers the added benefit of being a board-certified urologist who specializes in the male reproductive system.

  1. Will I have time to recover from a vasectomy?

Vasectomy recovery is pretty straightforward and most men do not find it difficult to include the time needed to recover in their schedule. The procedure only lasts up to 30 minutes, and you can return to work within two to three days unless heavy physical activity is involved – that requires a few extra days of rest. Minor discomfort is expected in the first week post-procedure, but it can be relieved with over-the-counter pain relief medication such as ibuprofen.

  1. What does a vasectomy cost?

Fortunately, vasectomies are covered by most insurance providers. Patients might be responsible for a small co-pay or deductible. If you are out-of-network or uninsured, a vasectomy will cost $1,395. Learn more about vasectomy cost.

  1. Are there any alternatives to a vasectomy in terms of permanent contraception?

Alternatives to having a vasectomy are available, but these methods are typically reserved for female patients. Alternatives to a vasectomy include tubal ligation, the Essure procedure, and standard contraceptive options like birth control. However, these are not all permanent birth control solutions.

Ready to schedule your vasectomy? Make an appointment with Dr. Bastuba of SDVC today.