Vasectomy - What You Need To Know, But Dont

By: ChrisCampbell
If you are considering having a vasectomy, and under the impression that the procedure can always be reversed at a later date, there is something you should know. Not every doctor considers the procedure reversible. If you even think there is a slight chance you may want to have children in the future then you should be considering other forms of birth control.

Things Your Afraid To Ask

As with all medical procedures, nothing is guaranteed one hundred percent. There is always a chance even a very small one, that things won't work. For example, there is about a 1 in 1000 possibility, that the vasa deferentia will grow back. What this means essentially, is that it will be possible for you to get your partner pregnant. The vasectomy procedure, is not immediately effective. There is at least an eight week period following the procedure, where the sperm within your body is still quite potent, and capable of producing children. Your doctor will likely inform you of this, and should do tests around the eighth week after to let you know the status of your sperm. Sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV are still a concern after a vasectomy, so a condom is still your best bet for protection from those diseases. While there has been some talk concerning certain adverse conditions, such as a heightened possibility for osteoporosis, prostrate cancer, testicular cancer, and heart disease, there is really no research data to backup such concerns. As always, it is best to talk with your doctor regarding the the latest research, and what would be advisable for your particular condition.

Side Dishes

Recovery period side effects which do have a higher degree of occurrence, but with less severe conclusions that you can look forward to experiencing include bleeding within the scrotum, pain within the scrotum, inflammation and infection. If you experience problems when urinating, notice lumps forming in the scrotum, or a swelling that doesn't abate then you should visit your doctor as soon as possible.

And The Payoff Is

And now for a little good news. If you are in a relationship with only one partner, then getting pregnant is no longer a concern when you have unprotected sex. This is the main reason most men have the procedure to begin with. Tubal ligation is the equivalent procedure for women, but is a more complicated and expensive procedure. Besides, many married couples often share the feeling that since mom has coped with earlier pregnancies, that it's dad's turn to share in some of the biological challenges of being a parent. As a final note, be sure to discuss any of the prior points, or other concerns you may have with your family doctor. They are really the best person to recommend what is right for you and your family.
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