Vasectomy, a form of birth control for men that is becoming more popular and is the most common non-diagnostic operation that urologists in the US perform. Approximately half a million men undergo vasectomies every year.
It is a permanent form of birth control that involves a minor surgical procedure to seal the vas deferens so that sperm does not reach the semen. It is over 99% effective and has a number of great benefits for both men and women.
A vasectomy is one of the most effective forms of birth control. According to the Urological Association guidelines, the risk of pregnancy after vasectomy is approximately 1 in 2000 for men who have a sperm count of zero in a post-vasectomy semen analysis. This is equivalent to the contraceptive effectiveness of tubal ligation.
To perform the procedure, a doctor makes one or two small punctures in order to access the vas deferens tubes, which are then cut and sealed. The procedure usually takes between 20 and 30 minutes and can be performed in a doctor’s office rather than in an operating room.
Unlike tubal ligation, a vasectomy does not require going under general anaesthesia. The procedure, instead, is most commonly done with a simple local anaesthetic or a drug may be offered as a relaxant.
While a vasectomy is a reliable form of birth control to prevent unplanned pregnancy, it can be reversed should a couple desire to have children after the procedure. Approximately, 30,000 men out of the 500,000 vasectomy reversals tend to be successful, ranging from a 30-90% success rate depending on the type of procedure and other factors.
Lower Health Risks
Vasectomy patients have lower health risks than women who undergo tubal ligations. One reason is that it avoids risks associated with general anaesthesia. It is also a less invasive procedure, lowering the risk of bleeding and infection. Lastly, vital organs are not exposed in a vasectomy, unlike in a tubal ligation.
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