Have you ever considered having a vasectomy, but changed your mind because you’d prefer a less permanent option? Would you like to have the option to turn your sperm flow on and off at your will? Well, there is a new male contraceptive procedure currently in the works offering exactly that, and board-certified male fertility specialist Dr. Desi Avila can’t wait to be able to offer you that freedom.
At Ironwood Urology, we’re always looking for new and better ways to help our patients. That’s how we came across the latest advancement in urological procedures, called the Bimek SLV, named after its German inventor Clemens Bimek.
The Bimek SLV is a simple procedure that will last about 30 minutes, and will allow you to get back to normal daily activities after just 1 day of rest. Normal function of the testes will resume after one week. Additionally, the materials used have no side effects, are completely allergy free, and no additional hormones or medications are needed to sustain it.
Bimek.com states, “The Bimek SLV is a spermatic duct valve that regulates the flow of sperm cells in the spermatic ducts. The wearer can open and close the valve on their own. When it is closed it prevents unwanted pregnancy.”
The procedure involves creating a minor opening in the scrotum and transecting the spermatic ducts in order to place two valves in between the openings. Then the incision is closed with absorbable thread and a fast-acting skin adhesive. With such a small incision, any traces of scarring would be minimal and hidden within the folds of the scrotum.
You may be wondering “Why bother with a surgical procedure when women’s hormonal contraceptive pills are so easily attainable?” Taking hormonal contraceptives such as birth control pills can take a toll on women’s’ bodies, and disrupt their natural balance. There’s also the likelihood of forgetting to take the pill here and there, which would only increase the possibility of accidental pregnancy.
With the Bimek SLV, there is only one procedure, and it’s a much more absolute contraception when the valves have been closed. Since male contraceptive options tend to be safer and less problematic than female contraceptives, it makes sense to take the safer and more assured route.
While the Bimek SLV valve procedure is currently in the clinical testing stage, soon it will be made available internationally. Dr. Desi Avila is very excited to be able to bring this technology to Ironwood Urology to be made available to our patients. For more information about the Bimek SLV procedure, or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (480) 961-2323.
Will you consider the Bimek SLV technology and procedure? Why or why not?