A vasectomy is a medical procedure intended to cause sterility. It has become increasingly more popular over the last decade with more than 500,000 men in the U.S. choosing the procedure every year. The option is particularly well suited for those who have completed their families or who do not want to have biological children.
Its popularity can be attributed to several factors. One of the most important is that it's safe and nearly 100-percent effective without limiting the sexual experience of either partner. The procedure is also relatively painless and costs less than other forms of permanent birth control. It is usually covered by insurance. Compared to a tubal ligation in a woman, vasectomy offers more effective results, less discomfort, shorter procedure times, faster recovery periods and fewer complications.
A vasectomy prevents sperm from becoming part of the semen, the fluid ejaculated from the penis during sex. Sperm are produced in the testes and pass through thin tubes called "vas deferens". The vasectomy entails separation or removal of a tiny section of each vas deferens followed by the sealing of one or both ends. A method called fascial interposition with a small titanium clip or suture is then done to prevent both ends from reattaching.
This results in obstruction and blockage of the flow of sperm from each testis. No glands or organs are removed and hormone production remains unaltered. Sperm continue to be produced but are absorbed by the body. Aside from the blockage of sperm, the vasectomy has no effect on a man's sexuality, sexual function or sexual experience, including erections, ejaculations or semen.
The no-scalpel, no-needle vasectomy is a superior approach to the more traditional surgical vasectomy. Avoiding the use of any needles, the skin is first numbed using a special anesthetic spray. Next, a very small single pin-point opening is made in the midline of the scrotum. Through this a small grasping forceps is passed to reach each vas deferens. Each vas is then cut and cauterized, which essentially welds each end closed. The tiny skin opening is mostly left open to close spontaneously within 1-2 days.
Vasectomy is not immediately effective because there are still sperm "downstream" in the vas deferens. It takes a number of ejaculations over a period of at least 12 weeks to fully eliminate the sperm. Until samples demonstrate no remaining sperm, another form of birth control must be used and continued to prevent pregnancy.
Vasectomies are almost 100 percent effective but there is a failure rate of about 1 in 2000 patients.
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