Five Myths About Vasectomies

Posted by Dr. Michael White, Updated on July 12th, 2022

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The reversal of Roe V. Wade has led to a dramatic increase in interest regarding Vasectomies. In an America where millions of women find it increasingly difficult to get an abortion, many men are taking it into their own hands to prevent unwanted pregnancies. Vasectomies are a significant surgical event, however. A lot of men are misinformed about Vasectomies, which make them sound even scarier when men shouldn't be overly intimidated by the procedure.

Vasectomies are usually done via a Urologist, a physician specializing in treating the urinary tract and reproductive function. It's believed that Vasectomy inquiries are at their highest in places where abortion rights are most restricted or under threat, while interest is lower in areas where abortion access is still protected and safeguarded.

Not all men are turning to Vasectomies because of Abortion regulations, however. Covid-19 and the precarities associated with it have led some men to get Vasectomies to ensure that they don't have kids until it's a better time to raise them. One of the big reasons why men are getting more Vasectomies is because they don't want to put all the pressure on their partners when it comes to birth control.

Even though male birth control is performed via surgery, female birth control can be more demanding on the woman. That's because the Birth Control Pill dramatically alters Hormone Levels, which can lead to unfortunate side effects. While women can undergo surgery to stop pregnancy, tubal ligation is more expensive and more invasive. While the procedure is reversible, it reduces the ability to have a healthy pregnancy after reversal by 20%-50%.

Vasectomies are faster, cheaper, safer, and more reversible. In spite of this, tubal ligation is much more common than Vasectomy, though cultural and social changes may cause this balance to change in the future.

Let's take some time to correct some Vasectomy myths:

Vasectomies Don't Shrink or Remove the Testicles

Some men falsely assume that getting a Vasectomy is like getting your balls taken off. While this would definitely work as birth control, Vasectomies don't usually alter the appearance or structure of the testicles, other than sealing off sperm from the semen. If you notice significant changes in your testicles after a Vasectomy, you should tell your doctor.

Vasectomies are Highly Reversible

Some men, especially younger men, are nervous about how Vasectomies will affect their long-term fertility. Many men get a Vasectomy because they don't want kids now, not because they never want kids. Many guys have it in their heads that the longer that it's been since their Vasectomy, the less potent that they will be when the procedure is reversed. Some believe that the testes will stop producing sperm altogether. Fortunately, this isn't the case. The testes continue to make sperm even after Vasectomy, the procedure just cuts the supply off from ejaculation. Vasectomy reversal is successful 90-95% of the time. Even if the reversal is unsuccessful, you can still have sperm drawn via needle if you want to have kids in the future.

Vasectomies Aren't Very Painful

A lot of guys think that Vasectomies are a painful procedure. Men know how much that a swift kick to the junk hurts, and they associate that with the snip. Fortunately, Vasectomies aren't any more painful than any minor incision under anesthetic. If you've ever had a cavity filled, you know about what you're in for. Most of the time, patients only need Advil or Tylenol for recovery, and the surgery itself is hardly a problem at all. You can even go back to full physical activity after around two days.

Vasectomies Don't Have a High Risk of Side-Effects

There's also a belief that getting a Vasectomy can significantly increase your risk of complications like prostate cancer. Old studies used to raise this concern, but more recent research suggests that the perceived increase in risk was due to men getting Vasectomies having a closer relationship to their doctors. The process of a Vasectomy also ensures that a doctor will get a close look at your pipes, increasing the odds that cancer is caught earlier.

Testosterone Levels and Masculinity Aren't Affected by Vasectomy

Most men could benefit from learning more about how their reproductive system works. Testosterone is critical to male health and sexual performance, and guys are right to be worried about how a Vasectomy may affect their Testosterone Levels. Without the right knowledge, it's easy to believe that getting a Vasectomy could increase the risk of Low-T or even cut off Testosterone Production altogether! Luckily, that's not the case. Getting a Vasectomy has no impact on your Testosterone, and you shouldn't experience any decline in libido or sexual performance.

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