In part one of our blog posts on Questions Men Ask After A Vasectomy, we addressed the fact that there is some discomfort after the procedure, but it should be quite minimal for most men. We also discussed that post-procedure, most men are able to return to their normal daily routines relatively soon after the vasectomy and that sexual intercourse can usually resume a week after the procedure. In part II, we will answer the following questions in order to help ease the minds of those who are nervous about having a vasectomy:
How effective is a vasectomy?
Vasectomies are very effective and can boast success rates of 99%. Vasectomies are also safe. Once more, it’s important to remember that a vasectomy is not immediately effective. It can take up to several weeks, even 2-3 months for semen to successful test for having a zero sperm count. After a zero sperm count is confirmed, your doctor will give the go-ahead for intercourse without additional birth control methods.
How much will a vasectomy cost?
Compared to other surgical procedures (tubal ligation) and the costs of other long-term birth control options, a vasectomy is relatively inexpensive. Typically, the cost of a vasectomy is in the range of $500-$1,000. Cost can vary depending on a few factors: insurance coverage, geographic location, which technique is used, and et cetera. Please click here to learn more about vasectomy costs.
Are there any side effects of a vasectomy?
The types of potential side effects are dependent on which method of vasectomy procedure is performed. If the vasectomy is performed surgically, there is a risk of infection. Post-procedure, there is a risk of: bleeding, mild pain and/or discomfort, swelling, and other complications.
Having a vasectomy is a safe and effective form of birth control. It’s important not to rule out a vasectomy just because of misplaced worry and misconceptions. There are a wide variety of vasectomy resources available for more information on the procedure.