While a vasectomy is performed on a man, many women have questions and concerns about this procedure as well. Aside from the procedure itself, many women wonder how a vasectomy will affect their relationship, both sexually and emotionally.
Following are the top five questions women have about vasectomy:
How effective is a vasectomy as a permanent form of contraception?
A vasectomy is 99.85% effective as a favored birth control method. After the initial waiting period of about eight to 12 weeks for the sperm count to become zero, couples can enjoy sexual activity without the worry of pregnancy or the use of other methods of birth control. It typically takes about 20 to 25 ejaculations before no sperm is present in the man’s semen following a vasectomy. It is very important that the man have a follow up test of his semen to confirm a zero sperm count before forgoing all other methods of birth control.
(* A vasectomy does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases.)
Is having my “tubes tied” easier or more effective than a vasectomy?
A tubal ligation, also known as having the “tubes tied,” is a surgical procedure where a gynecologist closes off the fallopian tubes so that no sperm is able to reach an egg. The procedure, however, when not performed during a C-section, typically requires a hospital setting, general anesthesia and incisions in the abdomen. This poses a higher risk of complications such as bleeding and scar tissue and a longer recovery.
A vasectomy, on the contrary, is usually performed in an ambulatory surgery center, requires only local anesthesia, can be performed using a “no scalpel” technique requiring no incisions, and takes only about 15 to 20 minutes. Typically, there is minimal to mild discomfort, and full recovery occurs within a few days.
Will a vasectomy cause sexual dysfunction in my partner?
This is a common concern for both partners. Rest assured that a vasectomy does NOT:
- Interfere with a couple’s sexual satisfaction
- Cause problems with ejaculation or erectile dysfunction (ED)
- Affect a man’s libido or sexual pleasure
In fact, once a zero sperm count is confirmed, some couples report that sex is better than before the vasectomy because worry about getting pregnant is gone.
Will the procedure hurt my partner?
Understandably, many men worry that a vasectomy will be painful. Fortunately, most men are relieved to find that post-vasectomy, they do not experience pain, or only have minimal discomfort. During the procedure, the penis and surrounding area is numbed and the man will not feel any sensation or pain. Any discomfort following the vasectomy is relieved by ice packs, compression and over the counter pain medication and typically subsides after the first day.
What if we change our minds? Can a vasectomy be reversed?
Yes, with the right surgeon, a vasectomy can be reversed. Chesapeake Urology’s Vasectomy Reversal Center of America is one of the country’s leading vasectomy reversal centers, offering success rates of more than 90% to couples who wish to have a vasectomy reversed and conceive naturally. In fact, Chesapeake Urology’s fellowship trained microsurgeons are some of the leading vasectomy reversal specialists in the country. Learn more at www.vasectomyreversalcenterofamerica.com.
Women: have your questions about vasectomy answered. Download Chesapeake Urology’s free pamphlet – “What Women Want to Know about Vasectomy,” for more information specifically for women. Or, visit http://menshealth.chesapeakeurology.com/mens-conditons/sexual-reproductive-health/vasectomy/ to learn more.
To find a urologist, visit http://www.chesapeakeurology.com/physicians/ or call 866-953-3111.