Vasectomy Chattanooga TN
What are the benefits of having a vasectomy?
What is the value of not worrying about getting your wife or girlfriend pregnant? A vasectomy is nearly 100 percent effective in sterilizing the man.
- Vasectomies are nearly 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy.
- Vasectomies are outpatient procedures with easy recovery and low risk.
- Vasectomies cost far less than female sterilization (tubal ligation).
- Vasectomies are far less expensive than long-term birth control for women.
- If your partner would have health concerns in a future pregnancy, a vasectomy eliminates the possibility.
- If you have certain genetic risk factors, this is a way to ensure you will not pass them on.
- You will not need to use birth control, such as a condom, during sex.
WOULD I BE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A VASECTOMY?
Any man can have a vasectomy. The important criteria, of course, are that you must be sure you do not want to have any children or more children. While the procedure is reversible, this isn’t always successful.
HOW LONG BEFORE IT IS SAFE TO ELIMINATE BIRTH CONTROL?
Sperm can still get out for a little while after your procedure, so you need to continue using birth control for a bit. We will test your semen for sperm after you’ve had between 10-20 ejaculations. Once these tests show your semen is sperm-free you can stop using birth control.
WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO HAVING A VASECTOMY?
For men, the only alternative to a vasectomy is using birth control. If you want to be sure you are no longer fertile, this is the only option. Contrary to many wives’ tales, vasectomies do not affect your ability to ejaculate or achieve orgasm. They do not affect your testosterone output. They do not increase your risk of prostate or testicular cancer.
ARE VASECTOMIES PAINFUL?
The procedure is not painful itself. You receive local anesthesia with a small needle into the skin of your scrotum. Afterwards, you will have some bruising, slight swelling, and pain. This improves and passes within just a couple of days for most men. It helps to apply ice packs to the scrotum for the first two days, and you’ll have to ditch the boxers for tighter briefs for at least two days after your procedure. You’ll need to lay low for the first 24 hours, and avoid sports, weightlifting, and heavy work for about one week. Not heeding this advice can cause bleeding in the scrotum, and you don’t want that. No sex for one week.
DO I STILL MAKE SPERM AFTER A VASECTOMY?
Yes, your body continues to produce sperm in your testicles. But that sperm can’t get from the testicles into the semen because both vas deferens tubes are cut and closed off permanently.
WILL I STILL BE ABLE TO EJACULATE AFTER A VASECTOMY?
Ejaculation and sperm don’t have to be together. Your sexual function and drive are not impacted in any way. You simply no longer can get a woman pregnant.
WILL MY TESTOSTERONE LEVEL DROP AFTER A VASECTOMY?
Testosterone levels are not affected by a vasectomy. This is because testosterone is made in a different cell in the testes and is not delivered into the rest of the body through the vas deferens, which are the tubes that are cut to prevent sperm from joining the semen.
DO I HAVE A GREATER RISK OF PROSTATE CANCER IF I HAVE A VASECTOMY?
There is no proven link between prostate cancer and a vasectomy. All men are at risk for developing prostate cancer, regardless of their fertility or lack thereof. About 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, but only 1 in 39 die from the disease.
The highly specialized urologists at UT Urology are widely respected among the U.S. urology community and regional leaders in providing state of the art diagnosis and treatment of prostate and urinary tract diseases. We are top rated urologists in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, Alabama and Northern Georgia area. We will listen, answer your questions, explain your condition and provide stellar services to address your specific needs.