If you and your partner no longer wish to have children and are exploring long term forms of contraception, then a vasectomy may be the perfect option for you. A vasectomy is a form of male birth control that prevents pregnancy. During the procedure, the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles, known as the vas deferens, are cut and sealed to prevent any sperm from entering the urethra. The procedure can be conducted under local anesthesia, and has a success rate of over 99%.
Our Saskatoon, Regina, and Swift Current’s clinics are committed to offering their patients a safe vasectomy experience with effective results. However, there are many misconceptions about vasectomies that cause a lot of confusion and misinformation. Here are some important things our experts want you to consider before getting a vasectomy:
A common misconception about vasectomies is that the results are immediate. However, this is not the case. Once the surgery is complete, the sperm in your ejaculation will decrease gradually, rather than disappear immediately. In order to decrease the risk of impregnating your partner, another form of birth control should be used during sexual intercourse for at least two to three months, or around 20 ejaculations. Once this has been done, your physician will perform a semen analysis, and only when a sample of your semen comes back completely sperm-free does it mean that you are finally sterile.
Having a vasectomy will not have an impact on your sex drive, since no connection exists between that and the amount of sperm in your semen. Similarly, a vasectomy will not impact your ability to have an erection or an orgasm. If you did not have any problems getting an erection prior to your surgery, there shouldn’t be any issues post-op. For ejaculation, nothing should change in terms of semen amount or texture, but it is possible to feel some slight discomfort. This should only happen for the first few ejaculations after the procedure. If this discomfort continues for over a month, it is recommended that you go see your doctor.
Generally, a vasectomy is a simple and effective procedure. Call us today to learn more about booking your vasectomy appointment. Our team at our Gentle Procedures clinics in Saskatoon, Regina, and Swift Current is happy to address any concerns you may have regarding the vasectomy process.