There aren’t many medical procedures that elicit more groaning from men than the vasectomy. But why exactly have vasectomies earned such a bad reputation as an emasculating, fear inducing, and possibly life altering surgery?
In this article we’ll shine some light on the myths and misunderstanding behind the vasectomy.
Is a Vasectomy Safe?
A vasectomy is one of the safest procedures available, taking as few as 15 minutes at your Philadelphia urologist’s office. The risk of greater complications, such as bleeding and longer bouts of pain, ranges from 1 to 2 percent, according to the American Urological Association.
Similarly, the chances of outright failure are minimal — the need for a second vasectomy is less than 1 percent.
Does a Vasectomy Cause ED?
A vasectomy will not affect any of the nerves that allow erections. If erectile dysfunction presents after a vasectomy, it is most commonly due to anxiety and typically will resolve with time and reassurance.
And in case you were wondering, testosterone level and masculinity are also not impacted by a vasectomy, as the testosterone flows through the vasculature attached to the testis, which is not disturbed during a vasectomy.
Does a Vasectomy Hurt?
There are two types of vasectomy procedures - the traditional method, which involves a scalpel incision, and a newer no-scalpel method, which uses a small puncture to gain access.
Whichever method you go with, recovery means a few days of soreness, a week or less of avoiding normal sexual activities, and about two to three months of sticking to conventional contraception.
Can You Reverse a Vasectomy?
Yes, you can indeed reverse a vasectomy, usually by reconnecting the ends of the vas deferens together again. However, reversals are more expensive and less effective, only restoring fertility in about 80 to 90 percent of men. Because of this, prospective patients should always consider their sterilization permanent.
If you have any more questions about vasectomies, or if you want to know if a vasectomy is right for you, make an appointment with one of our Philadelphia urologists for a consultation. To get started, contact us today.