A vasectomy could be the best option for you if your family is complete and you’re searching for a long-term, side-effect-free method of birth control.
Contrary to the common misconception, your testosterone, sexual desire, or libido won’t be affected by a vasectomy. The procedure’s goal is to simply stop semen from moving, which also stops pregnancy. Even more sexual pleasure has been reported by men after the surgery.
WHAT IS A VASECTOMY?
A vasectomy (also known as male sterilization) involves cutting or sealing the tubes that contain a man’s sperm in order to permanently prevent conception. It normally takes approximately 15 minutes and is done under local anesthetic, when you are conscious but not in discomfort.
Despite the benefits of a vasectomy, several myths could be preventing you from getting one. To learn the reality about these misconceptions, continue reading.
Vasectomy surgery is difficult and invasive.
Even though a urologist will need to create a little incision (or two) in your skin, it won’t be very noticeable. Vasectomy complications are quite rare. The entire process takes only a few minutes and is generally performed in a urologist’s office.
The surgery hurts.
It’s amazing how little a vasectomy feels! To numb the region, your urologist will administer a little injection that will feel like a pinch. After that, you’ll just experience pressure or tugging. After the surgery, discomfort is readily handled by over-the-counter pain medication and ice.
Recovery is prolonged and difficult.
After a vasectomy, recovery happens rather quickly! After your treatment, you should expect to spend two days relaxing at home. Most men choose a Thursday or Friday for the operation, and they may go back to work on Monday. Those who perform more physically demanding work should plan three additional days of desk or light duty.
It will lessen your sex drive.
The sole effect of a vasectomy is to stop your body from producing sperm. The hormone testosterone, which helps regulate sex drive, is unaffected. Your desire, erection, or performance won’t be affected by the procedure.
Sex won’t feel as good.
After a vasectomy, the sex will still be enjoyable, if not better! You’ll be able to be more impulsive and possibly enjoy it more because you won’t have to worry about unforeseen pregnancy. Your semen, not your erections or feelings, are altered after a the surgery.
It is not very effective.
Vasectomy operations are 99.85% successful. You already have sperm in your body prior to a vasectomy; they do not disappear throughout the treatment. After a vasectomy, the sperm must be removed from your tubes over the course of up to 20 ejaculations spread over many weeks. You should use a backup form of birth control up until the urologist tests your semen to be sure there isn’t any sperm in it. Patients who engage in unprotected intercourse prior to their urologist verifying that their semen is sperm-free are the reason why vasectomies appear to fail in some cases.
Your body will begin to accumulate sperm.
A vasectomy stops sperm from releasing into the semen. Sperm that doesn’t mix with the seminal fluid doesn’t just float around in your body for all eternity. Your body will keep making sperm even after a vasectomy. Sperm that is not discharged is reabsorbed into the body, which still occurs in the body without the procedure.
Increases the risk of prostate cancer
No research has established a connection between vasectomy and prostate cancer. There is little evidence to indicate conclusively that the procedure causes prostate cancer, despite the few research that have suggested a connection.
It is Irreversible
Make sure your family is complete before having a vasectomy. It is possible to get a reversal, but it is an expensive surgery. Men who undergo reversals can have children once again. However, reversing a vasectomy is not usually successful. The success percentage of reversal declines with passing time. Although it is a practical method of birth control, a vasectomy is not a quick fix.
The procedure is very expensive
Vasectomies are typically covered by Whispa Health and cost NGN150,000. However, Whispa Health is offering a subsidized rate of NGN100,000 valid till April 30, 2023.
This is safer and more affordable than a lot of other birth control methods, and it’s unquestionably less expensive than having another child!
A Vasectomy is the simplest and most secure method of long-term birth control. Are you prepared for yours now that we’ve dispelled these prevalent myths?