What Is Better: Vasectomy Or Female Sterilization?
Whether choosing to or not choosing to have a family, the discussion of sterilization is one that many couples will be facing. When you decide on sterilization, you both must then decide on which one of you will have the procedure done. There are pros and cons to both a vasectomy and female sterilization, and couples should be well informed of both before making a decision. Here is some information about both that should help the two of you make a decision that is right for your relationship.
A vasectomy is a small incision that’s made in the penis that prevents the sperm from getting to the seminal stream. The man will not feel like anything is different. Everything will operate just as before only he will be shooting ‘blanks’, and the woman can’t get pregnant. There are many reasons why a couple may choose for the man to have a vasectomy. The operation is minimally invasive, only takes about fifteen minutes, and can be done at a doctor’s clinic with only local anesthesia. Within a half a day, the patient can go home. Recuperation rarely lasts over a day or two, and there is minimal discomfort and just a small amount of swelling and bruising. The risks associated with a vasectomy are almost non existent, and the success rate is extremely high. The reasons why a couple may not choose to go this route is that you cannot have sex without using some form of contraception after the procedure until the patient has had two tests to show that he is free of sperm. The success of reversing a vasectomy are low. The other reason you may decide against having one is if your partner is under thirty. Most doctors will not perform a vasectomy on a patient under thirty, as there is evidence that older patients feel less regret.
Female sterilization is when the fallopian tubes are either blocked or cut to prevent the egg from meeting the sperm. Although there are more cons for a couple to consider, there are some pros connected to deciding to do the female sterilization. It has a very high success rate, about ninety nine percent. It is very rare to have any complications, and your sex drive and hormone level are not affected. The downside to the woman having the procedure is that the procedure is not easy. You will have general anesthesia and be in the hospital a few days. Recuperation is longer, and there is some discomfort. You will have to use contraception until you are sure that your periods have stopped. Although minimal, there is a chance of infection, damage to tissue and organs, or internal bleeding. There is a slim chance the fallopian tubes will reattach and make you fertile again.
When it is time for you and your partner to make the decision about whether to have a vasectomy or to undergo female sterilization, meet with your doctor to find out if there are any reasons why you two should have one and not the other, and discuss the issue together. Be aware of the pros and cons and make an informed decision.