For many men, a vasectomy is the best way to prevent pregnancy. The procedure allows you to have sexual intercourse without producing sperm. Men can be in control of their own ability to produce children when they choose to see a doctor about a vasectomy.
Of course, many men still have questions about the vasectomy process. Here's what you need to know.
How Does a Vasectomy Work?
There are two methods for performing an incision, including one that involves an incision and then another type that does not. The process is simple and very quick. While you will remain awake for the procedure, the doctor will ensure the area is completely numb. You should not feel anything.
The incision method of vasectomy requires a few incisions to be made in the scrotum. The doctor will then remove a section of the vas deferens and then tie up the ends.
If you are considering a vasectomy without an incision, the process is just a little bit different. The doctor will create two small punctures to remove a section of the vas deferens. The ends of the vas deferens will be cauterized. This method does not involve stitches.
How Long Does the Process Take?
Vasectomies are relatively fast, which means your visit lasts about an hour or less. The surgery itself lasts just a few minutes. If you are unsure which method your doctor will perform or which you prefer, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor about the options available to you. Keep in mind that the vasectomy may take about one month before you can safely have sexual intercourse.
Is a Vasectomy Painful?
This is a common fear that people have about a vasectomy, that the procedure will hurt. You may feel a slight poke when the doctor delivers the anesthetic, but the area will become numb right after that.
After the surgery itself, you may feel some minimal soreness and pain. You may need to take some over-the-counter pain medications. Providing support for your scrotum with underwear and taking it easy for the next few days will help.
What Should You Do Next?
If you are even just considering a vasectomy, it is important to talk to a doctor. Your doctor can help you decide if this procedure is the best option for you and you family. Vasectomy is not for everybody, but you will not know if it is right for you until you make an appointment at a doctors office.