Have you reached a stage in your life where you no longer want to have children or are done having children? Do you dislike the hassle of the available birth control methods and pregnancy “scares”?
Have you given a vasectomy any thought?
Although the thought of “getting snipped” can make any man nervous, a vasectomy is both safe and effective. In contrast to your partner’s sterilization alternatives, it is significantly safer, more efficient, and less intrusive. For the majority of guys, it’s also an easy, quick operation done in-office.
However, despite its simplicity and effectiveness, some myths continue to circulate and could be preventing you from moving forward.
Myth #1: A vasectomy is a difficult and intrusive procedure
The Reality: While it is true that your urologist will need to make a small incision or two in your skin, problems are extremely uncommon. The operation is normally completed in the office and only takes a few minutes, usually around fifteen.
Myth #2: A vasectomy is painful
The reality is that most guys are shocked by how little it hurts. It will feel more like pressure or tugging for the remainder of the process after you receive a very tiny shot to numb the area. The actual numbing shot can best be compared to a pinch. After that, the discomfort is usually manageable with an ice pack and over-the-counter painkillers.
Myth #3: Healing takes time
Truth: Healing takes less time than you might imagine. The majority of guys take it easy for a few days and can even start having sexual activity again in three days. Many men schedule their vasectomy for a Thursday or Friday and return to work on Monday because to the quick recovery time. The March Madness tournament and other broadcast events are likewise well-liked planning factors!
Myth #4: A vasectomy will make you less sexually active
The real story: A vasectomy just prevents sperm from being released by your body. Your desire, sex drive, erection, or capacity for performance are unaffected. A vasectomy has no effect on testosterone, which aids in regulating sex drive because it is delivered by the bloodstream and not semen.
Myth #5: It will make sex less enjoyable
The Real Truth: In fact, you might even find that you appreciate it more because of the spontaneity, freedom, and mental clarity you experience. A vasectomy simply affects the contents of your semen. Both feeling and erections are unaffected.
Myth #6: Sperm accumulation
The Reality: Although a vasectomy efficiently prevents sperm from releasing into semen, this does not mean that the sperm is confined inside of you. The process of producing sperm is ongoing, and any sperm that is not discharged is simply reabsorbed. Even without a vasectomy, this is accurate. There isn’t any bothersome sperm accumulation.
Myth #7: Prostate cancer risk is higher
The Truth: Majority of research has revealed no increased risk of prostate cancer. The handful who claimed there was a risk were unable to demonstrate how vasectomy caused the problem. No research has conclusively shown a connection between vasectomy and prostate cancer.
Myth #8: Pregnancies continue to occur
The fact is that a vasectomy is almost always successful. Vasectomy procedures frequently seem to fail because patients engage in unprotected intercourse before having their sperm count verified. Before the procedure, sperm is already in your body. After surgery, the sperm needs to evacuate your tubes entirely over the course of 15 to 20 ejaculations spread out over a few weeks. Your urologist will therefore advise you to use supplemental birth control until your sperm has received the all-clear before sending you home with a specimen cup.
Myth #9: It’s unbreakable
The Reality: A vasectomy should only be performed if you are convinced you do not want children or more children, and you should treat it as if it will be completely permanent. Vasectomy procedures can be undone, although doing so is more expensive and complicated than having a vasectomy. And it doesn’t always work. Although a vasectomy may be practical, it should never be used as a temporary birth control method.
Myth #10: It costs a lot
The reality is that the majority of health plans cover vasectomies. By phoning the 800 number shown on your insurance card, you can confirm your insurance company’s vasectomy coverage. Even without insurance, a vasectomy can set you back $1550 in total. This covers the evaluation/physical visit, the vasectomy operation, and the subsequent semen check. That is significantly less expensive than many female birth control methods and unquestionably less expensive than having another child!
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