Do I think that I might want to have more children?
If there is a possibility that you might want additional children in the future, you should not have a vasectomy. Your vasectomy will prevent you from conceiving a child and should be considered a permanent form of male birth control.
Vasectomy reversal surgery is not a fully effective way to restore male fertility, and no one should use surgery to temporarily suppress fertility. A vasectomy reversal may be possible but the results are not certain. A vasectomy is recommended only for men who are certain they will not want to conceive a baby.
Am I a good candidate for vasectomy surgery?
If you are certain you don’t want more children, the remaining questions are related to your current physical condition, and there are not many contra-indications for a vasectomy procedure.
The main ones are to do with any pre-existing issues affecting your scrotum (hernia in that area, scarring) and your general ability to tolerate a minor surgery (abnormal blood coagulation, other pre-existing conditions). It is also vital that you follow the doctor’s instructions on post-operative care.
Personal circumstances that men need to carefully consider before choosing to have a vasectomy:
- Age – Are you young and have no children?
- Personal Stress – Do you think you might be making a hasty decision at a stressful time?
- External Pressure – Do you feel pressured into the decision by someone or by circumstances?
- Relationship Stability – Do you frequently question the stability of your relationship?
- Permanent contraception will not likely help you resolve problems you experience in any of these areas.
If you have decided that no matter what the future brings you will not want any more children, then vasectomy is a reasonable consideration for you.
How can I be sure I want a vasectomy?
- You don’t want to father a child under any circumstances.
- You want to enjoy sex without worrying about pregnancy.
- You want to save your partner from the surgery involved in having her tubes closed, which carries a higher risk and failure rate.
If this is true in your case, then a vasectomy may be right for you.
Talk to your partner- it’s a good idea to make this decision together. Consider other kinds of birth control.
Talk to a friend or relative who has had a vasectomy.
Think about how you would feel if your partner had an unplanned pregnancy. Talk to a doctor, nurse or family planning counselor.