There are a number of reasons that a man might consider getting a vasectomy. He could be doing so for health reasons, he could be doing so for peace of mind, he could do so as he doesn't want any more children, or he could be doing so for contraceptive reasons. Whatever his reasons, he needs to know that the procedure isn't a simple every day one, and it is one which he will have to live with for the rest of his life. Many men these days are too quick to undergo this procedure without knowing the true risks or complications they’ll have to live with for the rest of their lives. If you’re thinking of getting a vasectomy, here are a few things that you need to know before undergoing this procedure.
What is a vasectomy?
Firstly you need to know exactly what a vasectomy is and what it entails, before you go any further. A vasectomy is basically a method of birth control that is permanent. It prevents sperm from being released when the man ejaculates, thus eliminating the risk of pregnancy taking place. There are actually two different types of vasectomy, a non-incision method, and an incision method. The incision method involves a local anesthetic being administered, and then an incision being made on the man’s scrotum.
The two tubes responsible for allowing the release of sperm, are cut and then sealed before being replaced inside of the man’s scrotum. Finally these openings are stitched up, and hey presto. The non-incision procedure doesn't involve the use of a scalpel. Instead, a puncture will be made next to each tube, and the tubes will then be tied and blocked. This method obviously reduces bleeding, and does not require any stitches either.
How long will it take to recover?
The procedure itself is quick and lasts less than an hour, typically around 30 minutes. The recovery time itself is a different matter. The area will be numb for a few hours until the anesthetic begins to wear off. Afterwards, it should take around a week to be entirely pain free. Immediately afterwards it’s recommended that you apply ice packs to your groin and lay flat on your back for the rest of the day. Swelling is common, as is minor pain and discomfort, both of which should decrease day by day. Everybody is different so some men will recover quicker than others. Obviously, it isn't recommended that a man try to engage in sexual intercourse until he is certain that all swelling and pain has gone completely.
Will it affect your sex life?
Not really, other than the fact that you won’t be able to have children. Your libido and sex drive will not be affected at all, neither will your ability to get and maintain an erection. Your orgasms will also not be affected, and you will still be able to ejaculate. You will ejaculate seminal fluid, just not the actual sperm itself.
Remember, a vasectomy is most likely permanent so you have to be sure that that is what you want. Although there is the option to reverse the vasectomy the results are not guaranteed. You never want to undergo the procedure on a whim, and take the time to think thoroughly and carefully about the implications in the future. Never let anybody pressure you into the procedure. It is your body and your choice, although if you are in a long term relationship, you should discuss the complications with your partner.