How can a urological surgeon help you decide if a vasectomy is the right choice for you?

How can a urological surgeon help you decide if a vasectomy is the right choice for you?

by Olivia Pryor (SU)

Every year, approximately half a million American males choose to have a vasectomy. A vasectomy is a type of permanent birth control. To achieve it, a urology surgeon either cuts or seals off the tubes that sperm pass through during ejaculation. It is extremely effective, even more effective than birth control pills, condoms, and spermicide, especially after a year has passed since the vasectomy.

Getting a vasectomy is a big decision to make. A urologist can help you decide whether it’s the right birth control method for you and your partner.

Vasectomy Considerations 

Age can be an important consideration for a vasectomy. Younger men, such as those in their 20s, are typically not the best candidates for a vasectomy, because they may change their mind about having children in the future. However, being in your 30s or 40s is also no guarantee that you won’t change your mind. A common scenario is if the patient has parted ways with a partner with whom he agreed to get a vasectomy and later remarries someone who wants to have children. It is important to consider changes in your life and preferences when deciding whether to get a vasectomy. 

Good reasons to get this procedure include if your partner should not get pregnant due to medical reasons or if either one or both of you are carriers of genetic disorders. If both you and your partner have children but don’t want anymore, a vasectomy may be a good option. If you are unsure about getting the procedure, that means it may not be the right time to get a vasectomy.

There are currently no birth control methods for men that come in the form of a pill or injection. Other than condom use, a vasectomy is the only method that aims to eliminate the chance of conception. A vasectomy will not affect sexual desire nor will it affect the quality of erections, ejaculations, and orgasms.

Have You Decided? 

If you have decided to get a vasectomy, make an appointment with a urological surgeon. A vasectomy can now be performed without a scalpel, which means no incisions, no bleeding, no chance of infection, and a fast recovery.

What if You Change Your Mind?

You may be 100% sure about not wanting to get someone pregnant right now, however, some men do change their minds. For instance, 10% of men who get a vasectomy ask for a reversal. Fortunately, a vasectomy reversal is possible. A urological surgeon can reconnect the vas deferens for the sperm to pass through and make its way into semen.

Urological Surgeon in Phoenix, AZ 

Dr. Desiderio (Desi) Avila of Ironwood Urology specializes in vasectomies. When you decide to go with this treatment, Dr. Avila can perform a successful vasectomy to ensure you do not get your partner pregnant. Should you change your mind in the future, Dr. Avila performs successful vasectomy reversals, as well.

Dr. Avila can help you achieve and maintain good sexual health and well-being through personalized and comprehensive care. To make an appointment with Dr. Avila, call our clinic at (480) 961-2323 or use our online request form.