Your Biggest Vasectomy Fears Dissected
The idea of vasectomy surgery can be frightening for men. Because a vasectomy targets an intimate part of the body, fears about the surgical procedure, side effects, and life after the surgery are common. The best way to resolve these concerns is to understand more about the procedure.
A Vasectomy and Your Testicles
One of the biggest fears about vasectomy is the idea of a surgical procedure that involves the testicles. However, it is important to understand that vasectomy does not directly involve cutting or snipping of the testicles themselves. The operation disconnects the vasa deferentia that carry sperm from the testicles into the ejaculate. These tubes are located above the testicles in the scrotal sac, which is the surgical target of vasectomy. In addition, due to the advances in medical technology, today's vasectomies are done using a so called “no-scalpel” technique that only involves a small puncture on the target area.
Sexual Desire and Performance after a Vasectomy
Another common fear men face is losing masculinity or sexual desire after vasectomy surgery. A vasectomy typically has no effect on man's sexual desire, ability to obtain erection, produce sperm, or ejaculate. In fact, a vasectomy often improves a couple's sex life because unexpected pregnancies are no longer a concern. This “freedom” from potential pregnancies and the ability to have intercourse without condoms can make the experience more enjoyable (though condoms are important in protecting you from sexually transmitted diseases). Many times, people are surprised that a vasectomy doesn't affect a man's ability to produce sperm. The body continues to make sperm however, the only difference is that after the surgery the sperm cells can no longer enter the ejaculate.
Surgical Pain of the Vasectomy
Surgical pain is also a factor that many men fear. However, vasectomy is a simple operation that is done under local anesthesia through a small puncture made above the testicles. The entire operation takes about 20 minutes, and the only discomfort men typically feel is a light tugging or pulling sensation that lasts for a few minutes. No stitches or sutures are needed, and any swelling or pain typically resolves within a couple of days. Most men can return to normal activities within a few days.
If you are considering a vasectomy but have fears about the procedure, consult your doctor and take time to understand all the factors involved in the procedure. To learn more about vasectomy surgery, watch Dr. Bastuba's vasectomy video.