Vasectomy in Palm Beach Gardens
A vasectomy is a form of birth control during which the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm, are cut. When the tube is cut, there is no way for sperm to be released from the penis. This procedure is considered a permanent form of birth control, but it is possible to have a reversal surgery should the patient change their mind in the future.
For some men, permanent birth control is the best option to guarantee that they will not have any more children. However as the name explains, permanent birth control is, well, permanent. In very few cases are these procedures reversible. Before you make the decision to get a vasectomy, schedule a consultation with your urologist at Urologic Physicians and Surgeons, PA to discus the benefits of a vasectomy. To schedule a consultation at our urology clinic in Palm Beach Gardens, please call (561) 833-5594 or request an appointment online.
What is the Benefit of a Vasectomy?
Although a vasectomy can be reversed, the procedure should not be considered unless the man is sure he doesn’t want more children. The longer a man has a vasectomy, the less likely it is for him to conceive if he chooses to reverse the procedure. If the vasectomy is reversed within three years, the chance of getting sperm back in to semen is around 97 percent. That number decreases substantially after ten years. A vasectomy is the preferred choice for many couples because:
- The use of male birth control (condoms) or female birth control (pills, IUDs, etc.) is no longer needed.
- The procedure is almost 100 percent certain to prevent pregnancy.
- It is much less expensive than female sterilization.
What Are the Types of Vasectomies?
In most cases, a vasectomy will be performed in-office and is considered an outpatient procedure. Full-anesthesia is not required, only a local anesthetic is necessary. There are two ways to complete this procedure.
The surgeon will use a scalpel to create two small incisions on either side of the scrotum. The surgeon will remove a small section of the vas deferens. The tubes are tied, or cauterized so that they are closed and can no longer transport sperm.
A no-scalpel vasectomy does not use incisions, rather, the surgeon is able to access the vas deferens through very small holes. No stitches are needed for this form of surgery.
What Should I Expect From Vasectomy Recovery?
Immediately following a vasectomy, there will be bruising and swelling, but those symptoms should subside after a few days. Apply ice packs every few hours to help control these symptoms. Wear tight-fitting underwear so that the scrotum is provided extra support.
Get plenty of bed rest during the first week. At the very least, stay off of your feet for two or three days. Avoid bathing for about 48 hours because this will allow the incisions to heal faster and prevent infection. Take the antibiotics that your doctor provides.
Although your body continues to make sperm after a vasectomy, it is naturally absorbed by the body. A vasectomy is the most effective means of preventing pregnancy short of abstinence. Recovery time is limited and most patients are able to return to their normal lives after one week.
When Can I Have Sex After a Vasectomy?
Wait at least one week before having sexual intercourse. Keep in mind, you may not be sterile right away. Ejaculate may still contain sperm and may continue to for several months after the procedure. After a few months, the doctor will check sperm levels to confirm that it is declining until it reaches zero.
The vasectomy will not affect your sex drive and orgasms. Occasionally, men feel a slight pressure in their testicles when aroused, but eventually, that feeling will go away.
Schedule a Vasectomy Consultation in Palm Beach Gardens
If you are considering a vasectomy for male birth control, contact the urologist at Urologic Physicians & Surgeons, PA to discuss the benefits of a vasectomy and determine if the procedure is right for you. For more information on vasectomies, please call (561) 833-5594 or request an appointment online. Men drive from the Miami metropolitan area for specialized treatment at our urology clinic in Palm Beach Gardens.