Vasectomies are being a more common form of birth control, as they are the most effective type at preventing pregnancies. Couples who don’t want to have any more children and who are looking for a cheaper option that they don’t have to worry about are opting for this procedure.
It is so effective because it involves severing the tube that delivers the semen, and is easier to perform surgically than having a woman’s tubes tied. With that being said, no surgery is 100% guaranteed. Many people have experienced failure with the surgery such as in the case of Antonio Cromartie.
How Is a Vasectomy an Effective Form of Birth Control?
This type of birth control works so well because of the way our anatomy works. The sperm is housed in a man’s testicles, and is carried from here through a tube known as the vas deferens. This procedure severs this tube, not allowing the sperm to mix with the ejaculatory fluid secreted from the prostate gland.
This procedure is a relatively simple one to perform as well, and that means that it is cheap also. Many doctors can perform the procedure off site at their office, making it more convenient for the patient as well.
Another benefit here is that due to advances in medical science, there is no need for vasectomies to be done with a knife anymore which reduces side effects, recovery time and pain. They can be very effective forms of birth control and last for a long time, hence their increasing popularity.
Do You Have to Follow Up?
As with almost any other medical procedure out there, it is recommended that you follow up with your doctor afterwards. This is done a few months after the procedure is done to check your semen for the presence of sperm.
This is needed because there may be residual sperm left over in the vas deferens for weeks, even months in some cases so using additional forms of birth control during this time is highly advisable.
Why Do Some Vasectomies Fail?
While vasectomies are generally effective, there are cases where the procedure does fail. There are a few reasons why this can happen, and whether it does or not depends on a few factors.
The first reason being that the procedure itself fails due to error on the doctor’s fault, where they can miss the vas deferens. This usually happens due to inexperience on the surgeon’s part, where they don’t properly identify the vas deferens.
This tube is found in a highly sensitive area of the body, which means that there are a lot of nerves and blood vessels that are also found in the same area. Identifying this issue is easily done through screening following the procedure, however you want to first try to prevent it by choosing an experienced doctor.
Another problem that can happen here is that the tube can actually regenerate itself and reconnect. Whether or not this happens depends on the genetics of the individual as well as how the surgery itself was performed.
Early on after surgery the scar tissue that forms at the end of the tubes to heal them is relatively soft. This means that sperm cells may still be able to travel through the tube in the early stages of recovery. This is why having unprotected sex after surgery is not recommended for at least 2-3 months, so that your body has ample time to flush out the remaining sperm cells from the vas deferens.
Can a Vasectomy Cause Impotence?
A vasectomy shouldn’t cause impotence, however with all surgery comes some risk. If you have an inexperienced surgeon or if your surgeon is just having a bad day and hits the wrong nerve cluster or blood vessels, then it may cause impotence.
The likelihood of this is small, yet it can happen and is a concern of many men who are considering to have the procedure done.
What Other Risks Are There?
There are many things you have to worry about from getting the procedure done here like you would with any other minor surgery. This includes issues like pain, swelling, bruising, and potentially infection.
In addition to these problems, there are some that you may experience which are unique to this type of procedure. This includes pressure in the testes, a lump that forms due to sperm leakage.
Some experience a condition called post-vasectomy pain syndrome, which is where the pain doesn’t decrease over time. In some cases the pain doesn’t even go away if the surgery is reversed, which is definitely worth considering before going in to get the surgery done.