There is no male who has not heard of vasectomy and did not initially shudder at the thought. Though the process is extremely simple – the actual surgery takes about a few minutes in all – it still instills fear in most males. Fear – because men are not used to the feeling of vulnerability that male vasectomy involves; particularly when they conjure images of needle and knives around their testes, the most sensitive part of a man.
What are the Facts?
1. Safety – the male vasectomy is counted among minor surgeries which does not require total anesthesia. Some reports stated that undergoing a vasectomy is actually safer than crossing a street in New York City or Manhattan during peak traffic hours. This comparison shows the safety of the surgery.
2. Sex and male vasectomy – will it affect my sexual prowess? Will I be able to maintain erection as long as it required? Will my need for sex get diminished after vasectomy? These are some of the most common questions that plague the mind of the man who contemplates male vasectomy. To answer them in one sentence – there is no change whatsoever in your sexual inclinations or performance when compared to the pre and post vasectomy period.
3. Risks and male vasectomy – what are the risks involved? Would I be more prone to cancer? Will I develop blocked arteries and subsequent heart attacks? Will I develop chronic pain in the testes? The answer to all is negative. The male vasectomy is as safe a procedure as it comes. Yes, sometimes the person experiences some pain and discomfort, but this is a rare side effect where the sealed tubes burst open spilling the sperm into the blood. There have been a number of studies on the connection of male vasectomy and cancer, and none of the studies came out with a conclusive finding to support such a belief.
4. Can I count on its permanency – male vasectomy is a permanent solution against unwanted pregnancy. However, before you go for unprotected sex, you should be declared sterile by your doctor. This is done after regularly checking the semen sample for sperm for about 8-12 weeks. Failure to follow this process puts your partner into high pregnancy risk, because there could be an amount of active live sperm still lying in the tubes.
These are but a few of the facts that you should know before you undergo the vasectomy. Feel free to ask and clarify your doubts from your doctor before the surgery; once you undergo the surgery be careful that you strictly follow the instructions given.