A vasectomy surgery is a highly safe and effective form of male birth control. And while it has its benefits, it isn’t as common as you might expect: only around 1 in 10 men in the US will get a vasectomy, much lower than some other developed countries.
If you’re considering getting a vasectomy, you may be unsure of what to expect, especially if you don’t know anyone personally who has had one.
Use this quick vasectomy surgery guide to help you prepare for your procedure.
Before a Vasectomy
Before getting a vasectomy, you should thoroughly discuss your decision to get a vasectomy with your doctor.
When you undergo a vasectomy surgery, you should be prepared to accept that you may never be fertile again. For most, this is the intended purpose of getting a vasectomy. But others may later change their mind. While vasectomy surgery reversal is possible, it doesn’t always give you your fertility back.
In the days before your surgery, you may be asked to stop using blood thinners such as over-the-counter painkillers and other blood-thinning medications.You should also prepare to take some time off from work for the procedure. You will also need to arrange transportation home following the surgery.Your doctor may also ask you to make other preparations, such as quitting smoking beforehand or preparing the site of the surgery (such as trimming the hair around the scrotum).
During the Vasectomy Surgery
At your vasectomy surgery clinic, you will get into a hospital gown and be prepped for the procedure.
Before the vasectomy, the surgery site will be numbed by injecting local anesthetic into the scrotum.
Depending on the type of vasectomy you’re getting, the doctor will then make a cut or puncture and begin the vasectomy. Then, your doctor will locate, cut, and seal the vas deferens (the tube that carries semen).
You will be awake during this time, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.
The surgery itself is relatively short, usually requiring no more than 30 minutes to finish.
After the Surgery
Vasectomy surgery recovery usually takes up to a week. Your doctor will give you specific instructions to avoid infection or post-surgery complications.
These vasectomy recovery tips can help you get back on your feet quickly so you can return to your regular work and life schedule as soon as possible.
Keep in mind that a vasectomy is not immediately effective in preventing pregnancy. Some sperm are likely still in your semen at first, so use a back-up form of contraception for the first few weeks following your surgery.
Feel Confident on Surgery Day
Many men feel nervous or unsure about vasectomy surgery. But getting a vasectomy is typically a quick and easy procedure, and you can generally expect a full recovery in just a few days.
Prepare for your surgery, and be sure to ask your doctor any specific questions you may have.
That way, you can feel confident and ready on surgery day.
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