What is Involved With a Vasectomy?
Men may not like to think about a vasectomy, but often understanding what is involved with the procedure will put their minds at ease. For those who do not wish to have any more children, this can be a permanent solution for birth control and a very responsible decision when it comes to reproduction.
A vasectomy means cutting off the flow of sperm from the ejaculate or seminal stream. A man would then be infertile, or unable to impregnate a woman. A vasectomy does not mean removing the testicles, and also means little to no interference with a mans’ sexual performance.
In most cases a vasectomy is performed at a doctor’s office or medical clinic, in less than an hour. It involves local anesthesia rather than general, meaning that the area of surgery is numbed but the man is not made unconscious. After the procedure the man will typically need an hour or two to rest and then is sent home. He may then have bed rest for a day or two after which he will return to his normal routine.
Many men are concerned with how a vasectomy affects their sexual performance and if there is risk of them becoming impotent; it’s good to note that this procedure typically has little to no impact on a man’s sex life. The internal organs that work to provide the flow of blood needed for a man to have an erection are different than those that produce sperm. A vasectomy simply cuts off the flow of sperm, not the flow of blood.
A vasectomy is in most cases permanent; a reversal may be an option for some but only a very small percentage of men who have this procedure, so any man considering it would do well to think of it as a permanent birth control option.