Saturday, 13 May 2017

ASK THE DOCTOR - What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Vasectomy?

I am a 45-year-old man with two children. My wife and I do not want to have any more children. I am planning to go in for a vasectomy operation soon. I want to know the advantages and disadvantages of a vasectomy.
- J Gonsalves

  ASK THE DOCTOR  - What are the Advantages and Disadvantages of a Vasectomy?

During a vasectomy (male sterilisation surgery), the tube that carries sperms (vas deferens) from each testicle is clamped, cut or sealed. This prevents sperms from mixing with the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. An ovum (egg) cannot be fertilised when there are no sperms in the semen. The testicles continue to produce sperms, but the sperms are re-absorbed by the body. Because the tubes are blocked before the seminal vesicles and prostate, one still ejaculates about the same amount of semen. Sexual desire and erectile function remain unaffected after this surgery.

Advantages: Vasectomy is a ‘permanent’ method of contraception (birth control method). Once your semen does not contain sperms, you need not worry about using any other contraceptive. It is a shorter, safer and cheaper procedure that causes lesser complications than ‘tubal ligation’ surgery in women.

Disadvantages: The procedure MAY cause bleeding or infection under the skin, which may cause swelling or bruising. In extremely rare cases, the vas deferens grows back together (recanalisation), and the man becomes fertile again.

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