A vasectomy is often seen as the perfect form of birth control. There are no pills to remember to take, no condoms to remember, no devices at all. Most men believe that it is the ultimate solution for those who are done having children but not done having sex. There is no more effective form of birth control, because there are no other kinds of birth control that 100% block sperm from an egg. Sounds like a great deal, right? But deciding when to have a vasectomy is a little more complicated than just saying, “I think I’m done fathering children.”
The Basics of the Surgery
A vasectomy is one of the least invasive and most minor surgeries a person can get. It usually takes less than a half hour and there are several doctors that use no-scalpel techniques, which can be seriously appealing for men who don’t like the idea of being “snipped.” There is hardly any downtime required and sex is exactly the same as it was before the surgery, the semen just does not contain sperm anymore.
When is the best time?
Some men decide to get a vasectomy at a very young age—even under the age of twenty-five. While some types of vasectomies can be reversed, in general, doctors prefer for their patients to consider a vasectomy a permanent procedure, as the vas deferens can be repaired, but will likely never be able to transport sperm as well as it once did. For those in a long-term, committed relationship who are sure that they do not want to have children now or ever, this may be a great solution.
However, if there is even the slightest chance that you may want children in the future, it may be best to wait. Discussing with your partner whether or not there is any chance of children is a good way to know whether or not a vasectomy is a good option. Depending on your state and your doctor, a vasectomy may cost anywhere from $500 to $1000.
While some men shy away from getting a vasectomy because of the sensitivity of the area concerned in the surgery, it should be noted that a vasectomy is far less expensive and invasive than the same sort of surgery for a woman.
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