Considering vasectomy? This is a big step!
Here is some general information about the procedure and your options should you change your mind in the future.
Vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception. Sperm cells are produced in the testicles. During the vasectomy procedure, the male vas deferens (the tubes that carry the sperm from the testicles) are severed and then tied or sealed in such a manner that keep sperm out of the seminal fluid. Vasectomy has many benefits, making it one of the more common sterilization methods in the US today. It is a one-time, highly effective and relatively simple procedure. It is much less expensive and complex than the equivalent female sterilization procedures. It neither impacts your hormone composition nor affects the ability to become and stay erect. Your ejaculation will remain the same, with no change in volume.
How much does vasectomy cost?
Vasectomy is a simple procedure; so are the costs. Nationwide, the cost of a vasectomy ranges between $1,000 and $5,000, depending on the method used, and usually includes the follow-up sperm count tests.
You are not alone.
It has been estimated that around 500,000 vasectomy surgeries are performed each year in the United States!
What does the procedure involve?
Vasectomy is usually performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient surgery center or a doctor’s office. There are several methods for conducting the procedure, all of which include the sealing of both vas deferens. Due to the simplicity of the surgery, it usually takes less than thirty minutes to complete.
Vasectomy is not 100% birth control safe, as no other contraception method is 100% effective, other than total abstinence. Still, the methods count as very safe, with failure rates between 0.4% to 0.07%. To be on the safe side, it is highly recommended to take two post-procedure sperm tests, usually between 8 to 12 weeks’ post-surgery.
Regrets following a Vasectomy procedure.
Although regret is not the most immediate risk of vasectomy, it is the most common. As the remarriage trend is growing, almost 42 million American adults have been married more than once with many more breaking-down non-marriage relationships. Starting a new marriage and building a new family is one of the leading reasons for regretting vasectomy. Wanting another child and re-planning the family are among others. The number of men considering vasectomy reversal in the US is substantial, with many giving up their dreams for the high costs and success rate of an invasive procedure.
5%-10% of men in the US eventually choose to have a vasectomy reversal procedure.
Can one reverse Vasectomy?
Reversing vasectomy is difficult (requires an invasive procedure), expensive ($5,000 – $15,000) and many times unsuccessful; therefore health professionals generally do not always recommend it.
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