How much does a Vasectomy cost and how effective is it?
Since a lot of people are opting for a vasectomy, the cost factor also comes in. A lot of people start asking that how much a vasectomy costs. It has to be noted that a vasectomy does not come under the ambit of the health insurance. Keeping this in mind in this article we will be discussing vasectomy in general.
What is a Vasectomy and is it Effective?
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that works by cutting and blocking the tubes (vas deferens) that carry sperm from the testicles. There are mainly two types of a vasectomy procedures available scalpel and no-scalpel. A vasectomy is considered to be a permanent and effective method of contraception.
How does a Vasectomy Work?
First the doctor has to find the vas deferens (the tube that carries sperm) under the skin with the help of his fingers. The doctor then provides you a local anesthetic to neutralise the area and then makes a tiny opening in the skin. The vas deferens is then lifted out, cut and blocked on its both sides and then re-inserted back into the scrotal sac. In a no-scalpel vasectomy, this tiny opening heals quickly on its own without the help of stitches and without leaving any scar behind. In a scalpel or conventional vasectomy, stitches are put in place, and it takes quite a few days to heal. There may be some swelling and pain for a few days that can be treated with the help of anti-inflammatory drugs. Even though a vasectomy is a fairly simple procedure that can be performed in 15-20 minutes, it is highly recommended that you do not engage in strenuous exercise or lifting for 2-7 days after the procedure and must get a substantial amount of rest.
What Happens to the Sperm?
Blocking of the vas deferens prevents the release of sperm when you ejaculate. You can still ejaculate while having sex, but the fluid won't contain any sperm. The lack of sperm in the ejaculate prevents the pregnancy. Males continue to produce sperm in the testicles for the rest of their life, but it is just reabsorbed into the body rather than to be released into the tube or vas deferens.
How Effective is a Vasectomy?
It has been seen that a vasectomy is highly effective while preventing pregnancy. One out of to two couples in 1,000 will become pregnant within the first year after a vasectomy is done. Failure is very rare and only happens if the tubes are not sealed properly, or the tubes grow back together. Pregnancy can also occur if a couple does not use birth control during the three month period it takes for a vasectomy to be effective.
How do I use a Vasectomy for Effective Contraception?
A vasectomy is considered a permanent form of contraception. In very rare cases, it can be reversed, but health care does not cover the cost. A vasectomy is usually effective within three months of the starting of the procedure, regardless of the number of ejaculations that a man may do during that time.