5:50 pm Martin Bastuba

A vasectomy is a method of male birth control that should be considered carefully. Before you move forward with this surgery, it is important to review vasectomy alternatives that are available.  If you have any doubts about having children in the future, you should explore temporary birth control options.

Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation, commonly referred to as getting your ‘tubes tied,’ is a procedure used for female sterilization. The fallopian tubes are closed off by various methods (severed, sealed or pinched) to block the eggs from reaching the uterus.

Vasectomy Tubal Ligation
Procedure Time 10 minutes physician’s office 1 day hospital
Procedure Considered a minor procedure Considered a major surgery
Anesthesia Local General anesthesia
Recovery No heavy lifting for the following 48 hours No physical activity for 1 week
Complications Rare, light swelling Slight risk of bleeding and infection
Failure Rate 1% 2%
Long Term Health Risks None Pelvic pain, post tubal ligation syndrome, high risk of hysterectomy, mortality is 4 in 100,000
Cost Covered under most health plans, $1,395 for consultation and surgery if out-of-pocket Hospital costs, anesthesia, etc. $1,000 – $ 5,000


Essure is a permanent method of birth control where small metal coils are placed in the fallopian tubes. The coils cause scar tissue to form which blocks the eggs from reaching the uterus. The coils are inserted vaginally during a hysteroscopy procedure. Unlike tubal ligation, there are no incisions or anesthesia used. Birth control is needed for several months after the procedure until the scar tissue has completely formed.

Temporary Birth Control

If there is a possibility that you might want more children in the future, please consider temporary forms of birth control that are non-surgical. There are a variety of options available including condoms, birth control pills, cervical cap, diaphragm and more.

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