How Safe is Vasectomy?

Vasectomy is one of the most safest permanent birth control options for men. Most medical experts, including special panels convened by the National Institutes of Health and by the World Health Organization, have concluded that vasectomy is a safe and simple procedure. Vasectomy prevents men from releasing sperm during ejaculation.

The vasectomy procedure is done where the vas deferens from each testicle is clamped, sealed or cut. As a result, the sperm will be prevented from mixing with semen during ejaculation. As the tubes will be blocked before seminal vesicles and prostate, there will not be any difference in the amount of fluid you ejaculate. The procedure usually takes just 20 to 30 minutes which can be performed in a clinic without having to stay over in a hospital. After a few minutes of rest, you can return home the same day itself.  The scrotum will be numb for about 1 to 2 hours after the surgery but with rest for a day or two, patients are usually back to work after 2 days provided the work is not too physical or strenuous.

Within a span of one week, you can resume sexual intercourse but continue to wear or take some type of additional birth control until you receive confirmation from your doctor that the vasectomy was a 100% success. This procedure will not interfere with your sex drive or ability to ejaculate. Only 1 or 2 out of 1000 women get pregnant in a year from their partners who have had a vasectomy. Overall, a vasectomy procedure is safe which is why many men opt for this procedure because of its less invasive approach, safety and convenience.