Is a Vasectomy Really Permanent?
For how long are you protected against unwanted pregnancies if a man has had a vasectomy? This is a very important consideration, as every couple needs to make a responsible decision when it comes to any form of birth control.
In the vast majority of cases, a vasectomy is permanent. This procedure cuts off the flow of sperm in the seminal emissions, so a many is rendered infertile. For a very few, the procedure may be reversed but rarely is this an option. When a doctor makes incisions along the ducts in the testicles that provide sperm, this incision develops scar tissue over time. If the scar tissue is too deep, a doctor would not be able to reverse the procedure.
Very rare cases of vasectomies have been reported to have healed, but this typically in very young, healthy men, and may involve some physician error in the procedure. A couple should never count on this happening to them, although it is a consideration.
A vasectomy is typically so successful and so permanent that most doctors will ensure men understand this before they perform the procedure, and some even ask that the wife be present during initial consultations. Men who don’t yet have children may be especially counseled about the permanency of the decision.
If you or your partner are considering a vasectomy, you would do well to speak to your doctor about the risks and its overall effectiveness. For those who are settled in their decision to not have any more children, it can be a good decision, but one that shouldn’t be made hastily.