The decision to undergo a vasectomy is not one to take lightly. There are many reasons that male sterilization may be the right choice for you and other reasons why it may not be appropriate. You should take time to consider many factors when determining if a vasectomy is right for you. If you’re certain that you want to end your fertility, there are good reasons to consider a vasectomy.
The top-quality urologists Dr. Philip Weintraub and Dr. Martin Gelbard at Urology Associates use sophisticated tools and treatments to address a full spectrum of issues affecting the urinary tract and male reproductive system. A vasectomy is a safe, simple, effective procedure that prevents the release of sperm. Read on to learn five reasons a vasectomy may be right for you.
1. Highly effective
Vasectomy is more effective than condoms and birth control pills. In fact, men who get vasectomies have a less than a 1% chance of getting a partner pregnant. When you get a vasectomy, you can rest on more than a 99% certainty that you won’t have an unexpected pregnancy.
2. Low risk
All medical procedures carry some level of risk. With that said, a vasectomy is a simple, routine procedure with a very low complication rate. There is a very small chance of complications, including bleeding and pain. The overall complication rate for vasectomy is 1-2%. This procedure has a long history of safety in the United States.
3. Fast and simple
There’s no need to plan for inconvenient preparation or extended recovery time. Dr. Weintraub and Dr. Gelbard perform vasectomies in as little as 10 minutes. We can have you in and out of the office in about an hour. Under rare circumstances, an operating room is required, but most men can expect to have the procedure done in our office.
4. Only requires local anesthesia
General anesthesia carries its own set of risks. Most vasectomies we perform at Urology Associates require only local anesthesia, such as lidocaine. You may feel a needle initially. After that, the procedure typically feels like a regular exam. You won’t need to worry about the risks of general anesthesia.
Vasectomy involves cutting a tiny sperm-carrying tube (vas deferens). You will continue to produce sperm and all functions will remain intact. There is no impact on your hormones and no other permanent alteration other than preventing the release of sperm during ejaculation.
Vasectomy is a simple procedure that can give you and your partner peace of mind. Whether you have children and don’t plan on having more, or you don’t plan on having children at all, a vasectomy is a simple solution to permanently end your fertility.
To learn more and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Weintraub or Dr. Gelbard, call our Burbank office at 818-853-9679 or request an appointment online. We offer in-person and remote telemedicine appointments.