What to Consider Before Having a Vasectomy
As you probably already know a Vasectomy is the most reliable form of male contraception available but of course is a permanent solution. This and the fact that most men are reluctant to go under the knife for a surgery on their manhood is another reason why many men hold off from having a Vasectomy. But actually there are new ways to have a Vasectomy which make the decision a bit easier, so let’s look at these to help you make your decision.
No-Scalpel and No-Needle Vasectomy
There is now a much safer, faster and less painful alternative to a traditional Vasectomy. A Vasectomy used to involve cutting into the scrotum and then using a scalpel and needle to separate the vas deferens ducts which take sperm from the testicles to the penis. With these Vasectomies there were several weeks of recovery times, stitches, scarring, and a low risk of infection and complications.
However, a new method of no-scalpel Vasectomy is now available and carried out by many private clinics. It is now a preferred method by urologists and male reproduction health specialists as it reduces the chances of infection and complications, is faster to do and causes less pain and much faster recovery times for the patient.
The no-scalpel, also known as no-needle Vasectomy is completed without the use of incisions or sutures. It utilizes a surgical dissecting clamp that creates a tiny hole in the scrotum allowing the surgeon to visualize the ducts, dissect them and then reposition them without the use of a scalpel. This then prevents transfer of sperm from the testicles.
Recovery from a no-scalpel Vasectomy is typically brief , allowing the patient to go back to normal activities including exercise within four days after surgery. Once the anesthetic has worn off there will be a bit of pain but this can be alleviated with pain killers and an ice pack applied to the surgical area.
How Much Does a No-Scalpel Vasectomy Cost?
The cost of a no-scalpel surgery is around $500-700, you are paying for the surgeon, anesthetist, support staff and the operating theatre for the period of the surgery. Usually your insurance plan will cover the surgery if you discuss it with them ahead of time.
Will A Vasectomy Affect Sex Drive?
The production of testosterone isn’t affected by a Vasectomy as 95% of the seminal fluid comes from seminal vesicles and the prostrate which aren’t operated on during a Vasectomy. So the ejaculation is no different than before a Vasectomy. Therefore there are no changes in erection, sex drive, semen quality, sex drive or libido following a Vasectomy.
Something to consider though is that another form of contraception will need to be used following a vasectomy until a semen sample has been submitted after 12 weeks and tested to prove free of sperm. This safeguard is in place as on rare occasions a Vasectomy isn’t effective and there is still sperm within the semen sample. So other contraception protects you in the interim.