Are you looking for a permanent male birth control solution? If so, a no-scalpel vasectomy may be right for you. This in-office procedure is fast and non-pharmaceutical, allowing men a highly effective way to take control of their family planning. Here’s more about vasectomy and what to consider before having one.
A Vasectomy Is Permanent Birth Control
This is an important thing to consider when you and your spouse or partner discuss your birth control options. A vasectomy procedure cuts or clamps the vas deferens in the man’s scrotum, thus blocking the sperm’s route between the testicles and the ureter. In other words, a vasectomy renders you sterile, and it does so permanently. If you are unsure of whether you may want children in the future, a vasectomy may not be the right treatment for you at this moment.
Yes, there are sometimes options to reverse vasectomies through microsurgery, and Dr. Avila at Ironwood Urology is a nationally recognized expert who performs the procedure. However, vasectomy reversal is a complex and lengthy procedure, and while highly successful, it does not 100 percent guarantee the return of a man’s fertility.
As such, the decision to have a vasectomy procedure is not to be taken lightly. Be sure to thoroughly think about your decision and discuss it with your partner before consenting to vasectomy.
A No-Scalpel Vasectomy Is Relatively Easy
At Ironwood Urology, we call our 15- to 30-minute vasectomy procedures “no scalpel.” That’s because Dr. Avila accesses the vas deferens and clamps it using a small tool inserted through the scrotum. There is no cutting and no sutures needed. You receive local anesthesia to numb the scrotum, and you can return to work and exercise within days.
Additionally, most men report that the pain afterward is minimal and resolves quickly. Because the surgery is minimally invasive, the risk of infection afterward is very low.
Complete Infertility Takes Several Weeks
A common misconception is that vasectomy makes a man infertile immediately. The truth is sperm count reduces gradually after a man has a vasectomy. In fact, it may take up to two full months to achieve infertility. In your post-op check-ups, your urologist will check your sperm samples(at least twice) to make sure you are infertile. You or your spouse will have to use another form of birth control until your men’s health doctor gives you confirmation that the vasectomy was successful.
Vasectomy in Gilbert, Arizona
The decision to have a vasectomy is an important one because it can be life-changing. We want you to know all about the procedure and its effects before committing to get it done. If you would like to know more and to find out if you qualify for a no-scalpel vasectomy procedure, please call Ironwood Urology for an informative consultation with Dr. Desiderio Avila. He is a top men’s health expert in the Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona area and would love to help you.