Considering this procedure? Then you’re in very good company. In fact, it’s becoming more and more commonplace, particularly here in the United States. While it can bring to mind words such as impossibly painful and very permanent, these are old school characterizations. Urologist Justin K. Houman of Cedar-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles gets it. “Because we’re dealing with a sensitive part of the body, it’s understandable that people have some apprehensions about getting the procedure done,” he says. “But they are largely based on misconceptions.”
Some popular reasons to have a vasectomy? Well, for one, it can improve your relationship. Many women appreciate not having to do all the reproductive heavy lifting and getting a vasectomy takes the worry of unwanted pregnancy off the table. And removing stress almost always means better sex. Want to grow your family after all? Many vasectomies are reversable (though there never any firm guarantees when it comes to conception).
Jeremy Deutchman wrote a great piece on the hospital’s website called “5 Myths About Vasectomy” that debunk the old and highlight what is actually true today about the procedure. He and Dr. Houman remind us that:
• Vasectomies do not decrease sexual satisfaction.
• They don’t affect testosterone levels.
• They do not cause erectile dysfunction.
• The procedure doesn’t impact ejaculation.
• Vasectomies do not cause cancer.
It’s important to remember that “most patients experience only mild or moderate pain from the procedure—usually low-level discomfort controllable with over-the-counter pain relievers, according to Dr. Houman. And he says that while there are “some risks (pain, bleeding and infection)” he stresses that these are extremely rare.
Recovery from the procedure is fairly quick – just a few days of rest and decreased activity.
If you’re curious about learning more, please reach out for a 10-minute consult. Our experts at Maze will answer your questions and put your mind at ease so that you can make the best decisions about your health and well-being.
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