Getting a vasectomy is a huge decision to make; therefore, when you’re considering whether to have one or not, it is highly recommendable to have all the facts at hand before making you choice. Dr. Harry Fisch is a vasectomy and vasectomy reversal specialist based in New York who has provided us with all his knowledge and expertise, answering all the questions about this topic.
So, first of all, what’s a vasectomy and how does it work?
A vasectomy is a procedure that blocks the tubes that carry out your sperm to the glands where they mix with the seminal fluids forming semen. Since these tubes are unable to carry sperm out of the testicles, your semen cannot cause pregnancy at the moment of ejaculation.
Is it effective?
When it comes to birth control vasectomy is probably the most effective method for men with almost 100% reliability. Nonetheless, for a vasectomy to be really effective the sperm that’s already beyond the tubes is a risk factor. A simple test is enough to determine if there’s still sperm in your semen.
Just bear in mind that even though vasectomies are a real contraceptive method with almost a hundred percent effectiveness, it won’t offer you any protection against sexually transmitted diseases and hence, other precautions must be taken.
Is it safe? Does it hurt?
In most cases it is, but just like any other procedure it involves risks. Consulting an expert on the subject like Dr. Harry Fisch is the best way to make sure it is safe for you to get a vasectomy.
If it will hurt depends in great measure of the method you choose. Either way, your doctor will try to make the procedure as comfortable for you as possible, providing you with medication and/or anesthetics.
What kind of methods are there?
You can choose between an incision method and a non-incision method. The latter doesn’t involve any stitches or scarring because the puncture required for tying off, cauterizing or blocking the tubes is minimal. This naturally lowers the risks of infections, bleeding, bruising and other complications.
If you prefer the traditional incision method, after an anesthetic is applied, incisions will be made on each side of the scrotum or in the center, in order to block the tubes. Once this part of the procedure is done, the incision will be stitched together.
How long does it take to recover from a vasectomy?
In rare cases some complications may require you to stay in bed for a little longer, but most of the times men lose very little to no work-time, although you must avoid exhausting activities and exercise for at least one week.
Now that you have pretty much everything you need to know about a vasectomy, it’s safe to say that you’re ready to make the choice that suits you best. If you feel like you could learn a little more about the subject check this video from Planned Parenthood or contact an expert like Dr. Harry Fisch, a specialist in vasectomy and vasectomy reversal procedures who can give you all the orientation and care you may need. Call him on (212) 879-0800 or fill this form to contact him directly.