For men considering a vasectomy, they may be faced with a number of worries and concerns. Will the surgery hurt? Is the procedure permanent?
First, what is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a form of birth control which prevents sperm from being released during ejaculation. During the procedure, the vas deferens are cut or blocked. The vas deferens is the duct that carries sperm from the testicles to the urethra. After a successful vasectomy, a man will have no sperm in his ejaculate, and therefore his ejaculate cannot cause pregnancy. There are a number of myths surrounding vasectomies which are worth debunking. Let’s take a closer look.
“Vasectomies ruin your sex drive” – False
Many men have been plagued by the age-old rumour that vasectomies ruin sex drive and can even reduce the pleasure of an orgasm. This could not be further from the truth. Vasectomies will not change sexual desire, sex drive, orgasms, or the ability to ejaculate. It is important to note that for a short time after the procedure, some men experience a mild ache in their testicles, however waiting a while before intercourse after the surgery will resolve this issue.
“Vasectomy surgery takes a long time” – False
No one wants to undergo medical procedures at the best of times, especially those that stretch out for hours. In fact, many men put off vasectomies because they fear a long procedure. Vasectomies are very quick, lasting about 20-30 minutes from start to finish.
“Vasectomy surgery is painful” – False
While many worry that the procedure will be extremely painful, vasectomies are generally not too bad. Some patients may experience a pulling sensation while the doctor locates the vas deferens, as well as mild pain in the scrotum and groin as the anaesthesia wears off. However, the surgery is certainly nothing to worry about, and any discomfort should go away within a week.
“Vasectomies make semen look strange” – False
Because vasectomies stop men from ejaculating any sperm, many men worry that its absence will make their ejaculate appear different. While this worry is relatively superficial, it is still valid. However, sperm only accounts for 3% of the volume of ejaculate. Because of this, a vasectomy will certainly not change the way that ejaculate looks.
“Vasectomies are permanent” – False
While vasectomy surgery is a permanent form of contraception, what many men don’t realise that if they change their mind about wanting children, it is reversible. Vasectomy reversal or vasovasostomy, is a procedure in which the vas deferens is reconnected in order to allow sperm to enter the ejaculate. The process aims to restore male fertility.
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To undergo a vasectomy is an important decision which should never be taken lightly. Be sure to talk to your partner and your doctor to work at whether it is the right option for you. It is important to talk to a trusted professional when it comes to your health. If you have any questions about vasectomies or would like to book an appointment, please feel free to contact or call Dr Arianayagam’s office on 1300 307 990, and his staff will be happy to assist.
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