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Vasectomy and Birth Control

What is vasectomy

Vasectomy is a form of permanent sterilization in men, generally adopted by those who do not want more children. Vasectomy however, does not mean castration. This procedure has no adverse effect on the testes as well. It also does not hamper the sexual ability or drive of a man.

Vascetomy procedure

In this process, an opening is made near the man’s scrotum. The scrotum is the sac of the skin that holds the testicles in the body. After the opening has been made, both the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles are closed off. This way the sperm is unable to enter the semen. This however, does not mean that there will be no ejaculation. The man will be able to ejaculate, but his sperm would not contain any semen. Therefore, the man is unable to impregnate the woman.

Success rates and pregnancy after vasectomy

According to medical practitioners, this method is very successful, with one pregnancy occurring in about 700 cases of vasectomy. The success rates of a vasectomy is pretty high with only 0.2% chance of pregnancy after vasectomy. Also, doctors say that for the first three months or first 20 ejaculations – whichever is first, will make the vasectomy even more successful. This is also the preferred form of sterilization, as this does affect the man’s health in the long run.

Vasectomy post pain and side effects

There may be some post vasectomy pain & side-effects of the surgery such as, dizziness. If there is infection or bleeding at the place of incision, a doctor should be consulted immediately. Also, if blood clots are observed in the scrotum, then it should be reported to a doctor immediately.

Cost of a Vasectomy

The cost of a vasectomy is very reasonable compare to other sterilization methods. It usually cost around $500-$1000 depending on your location. It is a simple procedure that can be performed within a doctor’s office and your insurance company will usually cover the cost.

Reversal chance

Once a vasectomy has been performed, it is very difficult to do a vasectomy reversal surgery. It is not performed everywhere in the world, and is an expensive procedure. Doctors generally advise men wishing to reverse the process of vasectomy, to seek other methods.

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