When it comes to contraception, a number of methods are available for both men and women. Most of the options are for women only, the most common of which is “the pill” for women. If a woman wants to become pregnant, she simply stops taking the pill.
As of the time of this writing, a male version of the pill is in development but isn’t yet ready to be prescribed to men by their doctors. Let’s take a look at the two main options for birth control for men, and how you can decide which is best for you.
Contraceptives for Men
The birth-control options that are available for men are condoms and vasectomy:
A condom is the most commonly used male contraceptive. A condom is a thin sheath that covers the penis. It then catches the semen after ejaculation, thus preventing sperm from reaching the egg and fertilizing it, causing pregnancy.
When couples use condoms correctly, the failure rate can be as low as 2%. Problems arise when the condom breaks, which is often due to using the wrong size. Another issue is that some people are allergic to latex, which is the main component of condoms. A condom can also expire or break due to friction and heat, especially after being kept in a wallet for a while.
Condoms are a favorable option because of their ability to protect against STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) and the fact that they are temporary, not causing sterilization as after having a vasectomy procedure.
The other birth-control option that is available to men is getting a vasectomy. This method involves a quick surgery in which the doctor cuts the vas deferens, then seals or ties it. The sperm therefore cannot reach the semen, so ejaculate will no longer contain sperm after the operation.
Vasectomies have many advantages. For one, the surgery is minimally invasive. Recovery is quick, and most men can go home on the same day. Also, a man can get it done at any age. There are also virtually no side effects in terms of health and libido.
Vasectomies are considered a permanent method of birth control. However, there is a possibility of reversing it.
The success rate of birth control after a man has a vasectomy is nearly 100%. However, take note that the effects are not immediate; it takes about three months for the semen to be completely sperm-free.
Male Birth Control in Phoenix, Arizona
Finding the best method of contraception is vital for couples who aren’t ready to have children. You want to make sure that the method you choose is effective and safe for you and your partner. If you are considering having a vasectomy, choose an experienced urologist who knows how to perform the procedure efficiently and effectively.
If you’re in or near Phoenix, Dr. Desi Avila is a urologist who specializes in men’s health. He frequently performs vasectomies, vasectomy reversal, birth control advice, and treatments for male infertility.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Avila, contact our medical team today by calling us at (480) 961-2323 or fill out our easy-to-use online form. We look forward to being your healthcare partner.