Birth control is used by couples all over the world. Traditional methods of birth control, such as condoms, fertility tracking, and oral/implant medications, are often popular because they are easily accessible and reversible at any time. However, for couples who have reached their desired family size or decided against having children, permanent birth control options, such as tubal ligations and vasectomies, are a highly effective form of contraception.
Between these two options, vasectomies offer numerous advantages over tubal ligations in terms of cost, convenience, and safety.
Vasectomies Are Less Invasive
While vasectomies are considered surgeries, they are relatively fast and simple. This is especially true with the no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy method, which doesn’t even require stitches. The procedure is performed in-office on an outpatient basis and only takes about 30 minutes to complete. Tubal ligation, on the other hand, is a much more invasive procedure, as it requires the surgeon to go inside the body to surgically sever or seal off the fallopian tubes.
Vasectomies Have a Shorter Recovery Time
With a recovery time of less than one week, vasectomies do not require much maintenance. Most men leave the procedure with some bruising or tenderness, but that should subside in a few days. These side effects can be easily managed using over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs.
Not only does tubal ligation surgery take longer to recover from, but it also comes with several side effects, including:
- Abdominal pain
- Shoulder pain
There are also more restrictions in place during recovery. Furthermore, because tubal ligations require stitches, there is a higher risk of having an infection.
Vasectomies Cost Less
On average, vasectomies are reasonably priced and covered by many insurance plans. With a short procedure and recovery time, there is no hospital stay to plan, and potentially no need to take a sick day from work. Tubal ligations are performed in an operating room under general anesthesia, which can not only be costly but also pose potential health risks.
Vasectomies Are Highly Effective
By and large, vasectomies are among the most effective forms of contraception available, with a one in 2,000 chance of pregnancy. Tubal ligations are just as effective; however, in the unlikely event that a tubal ligation fails and results in a pregnancy, the woman has a greater risk for having an ectopic pregnancy, which can turn into a life-threatening situation. Meanwhile, although pregnancy after a vasectomy can still occur, the risks of pain or health complications are extremely low.
The Next Step
Consulting a physician can help you map out a plan that fits your needs, schedules, and budget. To learn more about vasectomies, contact San Diego Vasectomy Center today.