Vasectomy Benefits and Risks
Are you thinking of getting a vasectomy? Well, even though it is a fairly common and straightforward surgery, there are some things that could still go wrong. That’s why it’s so important to choose a qualified surgeon. It makes all the difference in your rate of success and comfort. It is important to be absolutely certain that you don’t want to have children or anymore children before getting the surgery. Reversing it is possible but it also can lead to complications, especially if the reversal is not successful.
What Is Vasectomy?
During a vasectomy, the vas deferens (the tubes that connect the testicles to the prostate and seminal vesicles) from each testicle is clamped, cut, or otherwise sealed. This prevents sperm from mixing with the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. After a vasectomy the testicles continue to produce sperm, but the sperm are reabsorbed by the body. This is the same as the natural way of disposing sperms that remain in the scrotum. It happens to sperm that are not ejaculated after a while, regardless of whether you have had a vasectomy. Because the tubes are blocked before the seminal vesicles and prostate, you still ejaculate about the same amount of fluid but without it containing any sperm.
Benefits of a Vasectomy
So, why do people get vasectomies anyway? The number one benefit is that it prevents pregnancy. Now, no method of birth control is completely fool-proof but a vasectomy is about as close as it gets. If the surgeon has a good reputation and is competent, it increases the chances of the surgery working.
Before making your decision for getting the surgery, keep in mind that there are some risks with vasectomy procedure. The first is that there is a chance that the surgery won’t work to prevent conception. Other complications include prolonged pain and even impotence. Another probable risk is the “remorse” factor.