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Are vasectomies reversible and what’s the success rate?
Vasectomies should be considered as a permanent solution. However, vasectomy reversals are possible but are not guaranteed. Chesapeake Urology’s Vasectomy Reversal Center of
America offers a success rate of more than 90% to couples who wish to conceive naturally. Learn more at www.vasectomyreversalcenterofamerica.com.
How long and painful is the recovery for a vasectomy?
Patients typically return to work in two days, and an ice pack placed gently on the scrotum is recommended to reduce any pain or swelling following the procedure. If you do have any discomfort, acetaminophen can be taken. Most patients can drive themselves home afterward.
How will my sex life change – my drive and ejaculation?
There are no changes in sex drive or the sexual experience from a vasectomy. A vasectomy will not interfere with a man’s sex drive, ability to have erections, the sensation of orgasm, or the ability to ejaculate.
How dangerous and intrusive is the procedure?
All medical procedures come with risks, but generally speaking, vasectomies are quite safe. Very few people have complications that are minor and treatable. Each year about a half million men get a vasectomy in the United States.
What is a vasectomy procedure like?
First, a local anesthetic is administered, which results in a pain-free procedure. Your surgeon will make a small opening in the scrotum. The sperm duct, called the vas deferens, is exposed through the opening. A 1-centimeter segment on either side of each testicle is then removed.
The ends of the vas deferens are then cauterized and sealed with titanium clips and placed back inside the scrotum. A small dissolvable stitch is placed to close the hole in the scrotum. The procedure usually takes less than 20 minutes.
When can I get back on the field and . . . “play ball”?
You may have intercourse a few days after the procedure when you are feeling better. However, it is essential that contraception is used until a post-vasectomy semen analysis is obtained to confirm that there is no sperm present in the ejaculate. Your physician will instruct you on the proper waiting period at the time of your surgery.
What’s the likelihood of having a child afterward?
A vasectomy is 99.85% effective as a favored birth control method. If a woman becomes pregnant after the man has a vasectomy, it is most often due to the couple not waiting for the sperm count to be zero. It typically takes about 20- 25 ejaculations for the sperm to be gone from the man’s semen following a vasectomy.
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michael connor · November 18, 2019 at 6:22 am
This is really helpful information, thank you!
Lee Demma · November 18, 2019 at 9:31 am
This email was impeccable timing. My wife I I were just discussing this. Must be a sign!
Joe Russo · November 18, 2019 at 11:11 am
If you are on the fence about it, definitely go in and ask questions. I had it done a number of years ago – it was quick, and there was really no recovery.
Ben · November 19, 2019 at 7:29 pm
While I have not had a vasectomy, it is something that my wife and I have talked about, especially since we believe we are “done having children” now with two young children. While it may sound like a bad reason to put it off, I have the feeling that I will regret it afterwards because of the “what if” scenarios. I’d be curious what some other fathers have thought of — how it affects their self-perception/identity of masculinity and fatherhood, the wondering about both positive and worst-case scenarios in case another child would be desired in the future, etc. Would be interested in this as a topic during a future Dad’s night out…
Russell Heimlich · November 21, 2019 at 12:12 am
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Antuan L. Jones Sr · November 21, 2019 at 10:44 am
This was a very helpful article. Thank you for answering all my questions I had
Mike · November 25, 2019 at 4:41 pm
Good info. I wonder about if this kind of surgery is alright for people with compromised immune systems. Should people on immunosuppressants avoid it or is it okay?
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