A vasectomy is a procedure for male birth control. It entails cutting and sealing the tubes that carry the sperm from the testicles to the semen. That means that ejaculations will no longer carry sperm, preventing conception during sexual intercourse. Here are some questions you may want to be answered before getting a vasectomy yourself.
What Is A Vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a form of male birth control. It’s undergone by about 1 in 6 men in their lifetime and it involves blocking sperm from getting into semen through small tubes, called ‘vas deference. When you ejaculate, you won’t have sperm in your semen. The procedure can be reversed but it’s difficult and expensive so it’s important that if you want to become pregnant, you should use another method of birth control while waiting for your partner’s body to produce new sperm. If you’re getting a vasectomy as an alternative to using condoms or other contraceptives, talk with your doctor about long-term effects and how best to protect yourself from sexually transmitted diseases.
Getting A Vasectomy:
There are two types of vasectomies. The first, known as a no-scalpel or keyhole, is more common in that it’s less invasive and can be completed in 15 minutes. The doctor punctures your skin, exposing your scrotum and slicing through it; he then removes part of your vas deferens, seals up both ends with stitches, and places an adhesive bandage over where he made his incision. (Some doctors will recommend taking anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen before surgery to reduce swelling.) Recovery time varies depending on how much you work out beforehand—you shouldn’t lift weights for 10 days afterward—but some doctors say you can go back to light jogging in a week.
Recovering From Surgery:
For most men, recovery from a vasectomy is straightforward and uncomplicated. However, you may experience some soreness in your scrotum or groin. You should avoid heavy lifting for at least one week after surgery and refrain from sexual activity for about four to six weeks afterward. It’s important that you follow instructions given by your surgeon during recovery; he or she will instruct you on how long it takes before returning to exercise, sexual activity, or other activities. Be sure to talk with your doctor about what signs of complications you should watch out for.
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How Long Does It Take To Get Pregnant After Getting A Vasectomy?
It takes about six months for vasectomies to be effective, so it’s important for men to use another form of birth control in that time if they don’t want to risk pregnancy. The safest way is usually condoms, as there’s still a small chance of pregnancy despite getting a vasectomy. If you’re worried and want to get pregnant right away, talk with your doctor about other options. But remember: even after your surgeon has given you the go-ahead on sexual intercourse again, it can still take up to two months before you can ejaculate sperm that won’t cause pregnancy. That’s because it takes sperm between 10 and 20 days (usually closer to 10) after they are created in your testicles until they’re released into your semen.
Are There Any Risks Involved In Getting A Vasectomy?
Yes, there are some risks involved in getting a vasectomy. The most common problems are bleeding and infection at the site of incision and sperm granulomas. Sperm granuloma occurs when sperm leaks from an obstruction in a vas deferens, forming clots that trigger an immune system reaction. While it’s uncommon, you can also experience testicular pain or swelling after having your procedure done. In rare cases, men have experienced these complications: Pain during ejaculation, impaired erection or sexual pleasure, loss of libido, swollen scrotum, and frequent headaches. Before getting your procedure done, consult with your doctor about these risks and make sure you understand what you may experience as a result of receiving surgery for birth control.
Alternatives To Getting A Vasectomy:
While it’s not recommended by all doctors, there are other permanent forms of male birth control. One such option is a vas deferens ligation, which involves cutting off each vas deferens tube. This method requires an additional procedure to reattach and seal each tube. Another form of permanent birth control for males is called scrotal ablation, which involves sealing off both tubes in order to prevent ejaculations from carrying sperm cells and preventing pregnancy during sexual intercourse. With any of these procedures, however, it’s important to keep in mind that sterility does not occur immediately after getting either procedure.
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