What Are the Disadvantages of Having a Vasectomy?
A man choosing to have a vasectomy is making a tremendous commitment to his own reproductive health. The procedure is relatively simple and typically done in a doctor’s office or medical clinic, and does not interfere with a man’s sexual performance in any way; it’s quickly becoming a good choice for those looking for a solution to other forms of birth control.
This doesn’t mean that it is without its own risks and disadvantages. A vasectomy is typically permanent, so a man needs to consider this carefully, especially one without children already. In a very few number of cases the procedure can be reversed, but this is rare and shouldn’t be considered an option. A doctor may actually ask a man if he’s spoken to a counselor as well as to his wife about the procedure, and some may even request the wife to be present during an initial consultation to ensure she understands its permanency.
The procedure is also very quick and safe, but any surgical procedure involves some risk including that of excessive bleeding, especially for those who do not clot easily.
In the vast majority of cases a man may experience nothing more than some discomfort and bruising for a day or two, whereas a few may find the procedure to be painful and interfering with certain activities. It also does leave a slight surgical scar on the testicles.
There is also a very small percentage of men who may heal from the procedure, especially if it’s been done improperly. This is very rare but it is a consideration.
Before you decide on any type of birth control method, especially something as permanent as a vasectomy, it’s good to talk to you doctor so you understand all the risk factors and considerations. This will ensure you make the right choice when it comes to your reproductive health.