5 Reasons to Consider a Vasectomy

If you’re considering a vasectomy, you’re not alone. Annually, about half a million men in the United States get vasectomies, the fourth most common form of birth control.

Still, many men have misgivings about having a vasectomy. Those misgivings often are based on misconceptions they have about the procedure and its side effects.

At ED Specialists of Connecticut, with offices in Hartford and Enfield, Gerard Pregenzer, Jr., MD, is eager to dispel your fears about vasectomies. Here are five reasons to consider the birth control procedure.

What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a simple medical procedure that prevents sperm from mixing with semen during ejaculation. 

Sperm travels through two tine tubes called the vas deferens. During a vasectomy, the vas deferens is severed and sealed. The surgery takes only a few minutes and is usually performed in the doctor’s office or an outpatient surgery center. Recovery typically takes a couple of days.

Vasectomies don’t prevent pregnancy immediately. You’ll need to use some sort of birth control for 3-6 months after the procedure, or until a semen test turns out negative. 

If later you change your mind about having kids, the vasectomy can be reversed.

Is a vasectomy right for you?

If you’re still on the fence about having a vasectomy, you should consider these five reasons to have the procedure.

Effective birth control

Vasectomy is one of the most effective forms of birth control. A vasectomy is 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, more effective than condoms, birth control pills, contraceptive gel, or foam.

Inexpensive birth control

Having a vasectomy is less expensive than female sterilization and, over a lifetime, many other forms of contraception.

Minimally invasive

A tubal ligation, which sterilizes women, is major surgery. A vasectomy is easy and fast. Post-surgery discomfort typically is relieved by a cold pack or over-the-counter pain medication.

Not much downtime

Recovery from a vasectomy is fast. You’ll probably feel fully recovered in about a week. And a vasectomy won’t diminish your libido, sexual satisfaction, or ability to achieve an erection.

Sex without worry

Sex is a lot more pleasurable if you don’t have to worry about making a child you aren’t prepared for. A vasectomy is nearly foolproof birth control. However, the procedure won’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. Only condoms do that.

If you’d like to learn more about vasectomies and whether this procedure makes sense for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pregenzer today by calling our office or booking an appointment online.

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