A vasectomy, also known as male sterilization, is the surgical cutting of two small tubes in the male reproductive system to stop sperm from getting into semen and thus prevent pregnancy. If you’ve decided that you’re ready to start a family but don’t want any more kids, or if you are in a mutually monogamous relationship and don’t want to risk an unplanned pregnancy, then getting a vasectomy may be the right choice for you. Learn more about this common procedure below.
In The U.S., Male Birth Control Is Still Rare:
In the United States, male birth control is still rare. As of 2016, only 2% of contraception users were using a vasectomy. Though the percentage is small, it’s an increase from 1% in 2006. Vasectomies are more popular among older men and those without children or plans for future children. With that said, there are many benefits to being on the birth control spectrum. For example, vasectomies have fewer risks than female sterilization and they’re not dependent on one’s partner’s cooperation.
Why Are Males Choosing Vasectomies?
A male vasectomy is an option for male birth control that many men are choosing. It is a surgical procedure in which the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis are cut and sealed, preventing sperm from entering into semen. It provides a long-term contraceptive alternative for males who may have difficulty taking or remembering other forms of contraception. The best part of having a vasectomy? No more worries about accidental pregnancies!
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How Is A Vasectomy Done?
A vasectomy is a procedure for male birth control. It entails cutting and sealing the tubes that carry the sperm from the testicles to the semen. That means that ejaculations will no longer carry sperm, preventing conception during sexual intercourse. A vasectomy can be performed in-office or in a doctor’s office under local anesthesia. The surgeon makes an incision and finds each of the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis (vas deferens). With special instruments, he cuts and seals off each tube individually, which prevents any future release of sperm from occurring at ejaculation.
What Happens During Recovery?
Recovery from a vasectomy is usually quick and painless. The doctor will numb the area, then make a small incision in the scrotum and cut the tube that carries sperm from the testicles. The end of the tube is sealed, which blocks any sperm from reaching semen. Some doctors prefer to use an electric cautery tool instead of a scalpel for this process because it can seal more than one tube at once. Most patients can return to their normal routine within two days after surgery but should avoid heavy lifting or other strenuous activities for up to six weeks as they may cause bleeding, bruising, or swelling in the genital area.
Alternatives To Getting A Vasectomy:
So, do you want to know about the alternatives to getting a vasectomy? The most popular and successful type of birth control for men is condoms. They are inexpensive, easy to use, and offer a high level of protection against pregnancy. They also prevent sexually transmitted infections. There’s also the female condom, which is very similar in design but has no spermicide – so it needs to be used with another type of spermicide if you’re trying not to get pregnant. Another form of birth control that many people don’t know about is a vasectomy reversal, which can be an option for men who have changed their minds after having a vasectomy or who have discovered that their partner cannot take hormonal contraceptives such as the pill or Depo Provera injections because they might cause health problems.