Are you considering a vasectomy in 2018? Many vasectomy patients use the new year as an opportunity to schedule a consultation and get the process underway. For those who may still be on the fence, unsure if having a vasectomy is the right choice, we’ve offered a comprehensive pros/cons list for the procedure below.
The “pros” of having a vasectomy
- A vasectomy is 99% effective.
- Most insurance providers will cover the cost of a vasectomy.
- A vasectomy is less invasive then female tubal ligation surgery when comparing the two procedures for permanent birth control.
- A vasectomy should be viewed as permanent, but it can reversed if required. Learn about the vasectomy reversal procedure.
- The procedure takes only 10-30 minutes total.
- You can return to work within 2-3 days, and normal physical activity can resume in 5-7 days, with the exception of intercourse.
- Most men describe the initial hours and days post-vasectomy as uncomfortable due to soreness, but not with outright pain.
- You will know whether the procedure was successful within three months after a vasectomy.
- Patients report having a more spontaneous sex life post-vasectomy because the need for birth control is removed.
- You will notice no change to your ejaculation post-vasectomy.
- There is no correlation between a vasectomy and testicular cancer.
- If desired, you can upgrade your vasectomy experience at San Diego Vasectomy Center.
- You have the option of freezing your sperm prior to the procedure if you believe you may want children in the future.
The “cons” of having a vasectomy
- A vasectomy reversal should not be considered as a go-to option. You will need to consider the vasectomy as permanent prior to the procedure.
- You’ll need to extend time away from work post-procedure if your job involves heavy lifting or other intense physical activity.
- It usually takes about four weeks before intercourse is once again comfortable after a vasectomy.
- There are some short-term side effects patients can experience.
- Patients are advised to carefully consider their choice of vasectomy surgeon, which can take more time than selecting a non-board-certified urologist with or without experience in the procedure.
We invite those interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Bastuba of SDVC to request an appointment. We’re very happy to answer any questions you may have and address any concerns.