As we all know that there are various misconceptions about vasectomy. These are because very few people know that what the facts are. There are also a lot of superstitions that must be corrected. In this article, we will be discussing vasectomy facts that are related to this field. If a person knows these facts, then he can have a vasectomy done at a much lower risk.
The Vasectomy Procedure - What to Expect?
The testicles and the scrotum are cleaned with an antiseptic and possibly shaved.
You may be given an oral or intravenous (IV) medicine that will help to reduce the anxiety and will make you sleepy. If you do take this medicine, you may not remember that much about the procedure.
Each vas deferens is located only by touch.
A local anesthetic has to be injected into the area.
The doctor creates one or two small openings in your scrotum. Through this opening, the two vas deferens tubes are cut. The two ends of the vas deferens are then tied, stitched, or sealed. Electrocautery may be used to seal the ends with the help of heat. Scar tissue from the surgery helps block the tubes.
The vas deferens is then replaced inside the scrotum, and the skin is being closed with the help of stitches that will dissolve and will not have to be removed.
Pregnancy After Vasectomy
Pregnancy can occur even after vasectomy because of:
Failure to use another birth control method until the sperm count is positively confirmed to be zero. It usually takes 10 to 20 ejaculations to clear the sperm from the semen completely.
Spontaneous reconnection of the vas deferens or an opening at one end that allows the sperm to mix with the semen again. This is seen in very rare cases.
The risk of problems after a vasectomy is very low. Complications can include:
Bleeding under the skin, which will cause swelling or bruising.
Infection right at the site of the incision. In rare instances, an infection can develop inside the scrotum.
The leaking of sperm from the vas deferens into the tissue around it and gradually forming a small lump (sperm granuloma). This condition is usually not painful, and it can be eventually treated with rest and pain medication. Occasionally, surgery may be needed to remove the granuloma.
Inflammation of the tubes that will move the sperm from the testicles (congestive epididymitis).
In rarest cases, the vas deferens grows back together (recanalisation), and the man can become fertile again.
Are you sure you never want to Father?
If you are considering a vasectomy, please be sure that you will never want to father a child.
A vasectomy is not usually recommended for men who are considering the banking of a sperm in case they decide later to have children. You should discuss other options with your partner.
The reversal procedure is difficult. Sometimes a doctor can remove sperm from the testicle in men who have had a vasectomy or a reversal that didn't work. The sperm can then be used for in vitro fertilisation. Both vasectomy reversal and sperm retrieval can be very expensive and may not be covered by insurance, and may not always work.