When it comes to birth control methods, not many are as effective as a vasectomy.
If you and your partner do not want any more kids or no kids at all or if pregnancy would pose a threat to health, vasectomy is the way to go.
The same is true in the case of one or both of you having a genetic condition that you do not want to pass down to another generation, as a vasectomy is an effective birth control method in more than 99 per cent of all noted cases.
If you or your partner have ever considered a vasectomy in Ireland (or anywhere else) but are still on the fence about it, here are some facts that can help you make up your mind.
What exactly is a vasectomy?
A vasectomy is a quick and straightforward medical procedure that can be done in 20 minutes.
During ejaculation, the sperm leaves the testicles and mixes with the rest of the semen. It goes through two tiny tubes whose medical name is vas deferens, but most people simply call them “the tubes.”
A medical professional makes tiny incisions during a vasectomy and cuts the tubes using an incision or a laser.
Regardless of the way it is done, a vasectomy is quick and painless.
Most men become completely sterile roughly three months after the procedure so that in the meantime you will have to use an additional form of birth control.
The procedure is minimally invasive
After getting a vasectomy, a man can return to work after two to three days. After a week, most men are able to work out again and even have sex.
After two weeks, all the swelling of the scrotum will be gone, and the man will be able to function as if nothing happened. A man can handle even the most severe discomfort caused by vasectomy with an ice pack and some over-the-counter pain medication.
Overall this procedure is relatively easy and minimally invasive, especially when compared to the female counterpart – a tubal ligation where the egg’s path to the uterus is closed – which is major surgery for any woman.
A vasectomy doesn’t affect a man’s sex drive or ability
Some false stories claim that a vasectomy negatively impacts a man’s libido or ability to perform. That is simply not the case.
After the procedure, a man will still have the ability to ejaculate and get an erection just as he always did. The only difference is the fact that there will be no more sperm in his semen.
Keep in mind that some men have viable sperm in the tubes even 12 weeks after the surgery, so at least two semen tests will have to be done before the two of you can have sex without an additional form of protection.
Speaking of which, a vasectomy does not protect from STIs and STDs. Wearing a condom is still the best form of protection against those.
A vasectomy can make your sex life better
Once you get a vasectomy, you are set for life.
It is a type of birth control that you don’t have to pay attention to during sex, so there will be nothing to stop the heat of the moment or interrupt your moment of passion. Thanks to that, a vasectomy can make your sex life significantly better.
Vasectomy does not mess up your hormones or sex drive. Your experience will still look and feel the same, only without the additional burden of caring about an unwanted pregnancy.
It also takes the burden of caring about preventing pregnancy from your partner. This alone is enough to strengthen your bond and make sex more enjoyable for them as well.
Sex gets better when you and your partner can focus on each other instead of thinking about birth control.
Is a vasectomy reversible?
The short answer to the question above is – yes. The more honest answer would be – yes, but it is complicated.
While surgery can undo the vasectomy itself, much of its success depends on how long it has been since the man had a vasectomy – the longer the gap, the less likely it is that the reverse surgery will be a success.
On top of that, after a reverse vasectomy, fathering a child drops down significantly if any factor can negatively impact a man’s fertility. And since both men and women become less fertile with age, this additionally complicates the situation.
In brief, a reverse vasectomy is possible, but it is a much more complicated procedure than a regular vasectomy with many more risks and a significant chance of failure.
That is why you and your partner should have a long and honest talk and decide together if a vasectomy is a suitable procedure for you or something that you’ll come to regret a couple of years later.