Searching for a reliable, permanent birth control method? There is no doubt that a vasectomy fits into both of those categories. For men, the procedure is very safe and other than a few simple follow-up visits with your operating physician, there is no maintenance required.
There are many misconceptions and myths circulating in regards to the procedure, which may make a vasectomy sound frightening or intimidating. Dr. Avila often receives questions from our concerned patients considering a vasectomy that are often rooted in myths or urban legends. It’s easy to believe that they are true, however the following frequently addresses the facts behind these myths.
Myth #1: Vasectomies commonly fail or the tubes reconnect.
Fact: When performed correctly by a skilled vasectomy surgeon, failure rates are virtually non-existent. The procedure is unsuccessful only when an inexperienced surgeon fails to cut or block both sides of the sperm tubes (vas deferens), allowing sperm to enter into the semen.
Myth #2: The pain will never go away.
Fact: Oftentimes after a vasectomy, the patient will feel a heaviness in the testicle or a dull ache, However, this is temporary and most will respond easily to pain treatments, such as over-the-counter anti-inflammatories. There is a small percentage of people who require more assertive treatment to relieve the pain, but it is a very small population, and again, the pain is short lived.
Myth #3: Sexual desire is diminished after a vasectomy.
Fact: This is one of the most common myths about vasectomies; in fact, the opposite may be true. In the early 20th century, vasectomies were used by one scientist as a “boost” operation for older men, due to the slight increase in post-operative testosterone. While it is not enough of an increase to cause much of a difference in libido, patients are often able to enjoy their sex life more, due to not worrying about unplanned pregnancies.
Myth #4: Immediately following a vasectomy, pregnancy is preventable.
Fact: You should wait about three months and have at least 25-30 ejaculations before having unprotected sex. Having a vasectomy does not immediately lower your sperm count. Residual sperm needs to be flushed out during sex, however it should still be protected until your first post-vasectomy semen analysis.
Myth #5: There is a greater risk of prostate cancer after vasectomy.
Fact: About 15 years ago, there was a piece of medical literature that discussed a possible link between the two. However, an analysis of all available data does not show there is any evidence to support this claim. Vasectomies do not cause prostate cancer, nor do they increase your risk.
Skilled urology surgeon Dr. Desi Avila has successfully performed many vasectomies in men seeking to prevent pregnancy. He will address all of your questions or other vasectomy concerns, including recovery time, long-term health changes after the procedure, or how soon you can resume sexual activity afterwards in a compassionate and discreet manner. Please request an appointment online or call our urology office in Phoenix today at (866) 889-5339.