Opting for permanent birth control is not always an easy decision to make, even if you do not want to have children in the future. However, having a vasectomy is much quicker, cheaper, and less painful for a man than tubal ligation is for a woman.
A vasectomy prevents your sperm from entering the seminal fluid, so your semen will no longer have sperm in it. In this procedure, a duct known as the vas deferens, which carries sperm from the testicle to the urethra, is cut or blocked.
Though having a vasectomy is simple, it is important to consider all of the pros and cons. Let’s talk about what you need to take into consideration before getting a vasectomy, and where you can go in Phoenix for excellent urology care by a men’s health specialist.
Ask for Your Partner’s Consent on Having a Vasectomy
If you are in a relationship, you and your partner should be on the same page before getting a vasectomy. While a vasectomy is usually reversible later, it is sometimes difficult or impossible to reverse – especially if you had the vasectomy a long time ago. Your partner may have future family plans, so it is best to discuss this issue.
Consider Whether You May Want to Father Children
Before having a vasectomy, keep in mind that this is considered a permanent birth control method. Getting a vasectomy is the most effective way to prevent unintended pregnancies.
However, if circumstances change, there is a chance that you might change your mind later and want to father children. Vasectomy reversal is indeed an option, but it can be expensive, complex, and sometimes unsuccessful.
Understand the Side Effects of a Vasectomy
This is more of an influence on when you will have a vasectomy, and when it will be most convenient for your schedule. Some men experience side effects right after having a vasectomy, and for some men it can interfere with having a normal day while you heal.
Although a vasectomy comes with minimal side effects, the typical temporary side effects include:
- Blood in semen
- Mild abdominal/pelvic pain or discomfort
- Bruising or discoloration of the scrotum
- Bleeding inside the scrotum
- Infection at the surgery site
The swelling and bruising after having a vasectomy will clear up in two weeks or less. After the vasectomy procedure, you can return to work in about two or three days, and you will likely be able to resume your sex life in a week.
Vasectomy in Phoenix, AZ
If you are considering having a vasectomy or a vasectomy reversal, consider Ironwood Urology in Phoenix. Our board-certified urologist, Dr. Desidero Avila, understands that every couple has different family planning needs, and he will help you determine the right birth control method for you.
Dr. Avila can perform a no-scalpel, no-needle, no-stitches vasectomy. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Avila, contact us today by calling our friendly staff at (480) 961-2323 or by filling out our easy-to-use appointment request form online now. We look forward to being your men’s health specialty clinic!