The burden of family planning continues to weigh heavily on women, with possible side effects to boot. Fortunately, more men are stepping up to the challenge. Vasectomy, also referred to as male sterilization is a fairly simple surgery where the sperm carrying tubes in the scrotum are cut or blocked off, and sperm can no longer leave the body during ejaculation. It is a fairy quick procedure which can be done at outpatient.
Vasectomies are surrounded by loads of myths that make men shy away even when they would be beneficial. Does a vasectomy change the sexual experience? That is definitely the major question in the minds of men, even women, whenever the topic comes up.
Ideally, the procedure does not change how a man erects or ejaculates. It still feels the same. The fluid (semen) secreted will still look the same and be as much, only that it won’t contain any sperms. The surgery is normally not reversible, so be sure to weigh your options right before making up your mind. Think of possible separation from your spouse or worse still, death of your kids.
On the upper hand, it is almost 100% effective; you’ll never again have to worry about making a woman pregnant. Do note that vasectomy does not take effect immediately. It takes up to 3 months or the semen to be free of sperms. You may be required to take a test after this period to confirm that the sperms have cleared.
With modern technology, it is even possible to carry out the procedure without cutting the skin. The tubes are accessed through a tiny puncture then tied/blocked off. Minimal bleeding, no stitches, no scars, quick healing.
If the doctor decides on the normal incision method, 2 small cuts will be made on the skin of your scrotum with a scalpel. The now accessible tubes are cut, tied or blocked with clips. Sometimes a small part of each tube is cut off. Other variations of the procedure utilize electrical current. The entire process takes no more than an hour. More bleeding is expected here compared to the no-cut method, as well as a longer healing time, but overall it’s a minimal-fuss minor operation.
Slight pain and discomfort is experienced once the anesthesia wears off. Wear loose underwear and limit your movement for the first couple of days. Take painkillers if necessary. You should be up and running in a week or so.
You can have sex once you’re comfortable and pain-free. Remember the sperms have not cleared yet. Give them 3 months or so, or until the doctor declares you safe. Do note that vasectomy does not prevent STDs, consider using protection if you’re not sure of your partner.
All factors held constant, vasectomy ranks among the top of the most effective and stress-free forms of family planning. Zero side-effects. The woman gets a well-deserved rest from injections and pills and coils. Maybe it’s time more men considered this option; don’t you think?