A vasectomy is a male birth control procedure where the sperm duct or vas deferens are cut. The cut ends are surgically sealed to prevent sperm transportation. The production of sperm continues, although the sperm does not leave the male’s body (1).
Usually, the vasectomy procedure is performed as a sterilization process and could be reversed (vasovasostomy). This article highlights crucial factors of the vasectomy and vasovasostomy procedures.
The Effect of Vasectomy on Your Sex Life
Even though the man can climax and have sexual intercourse as before, the semen has no sperm. As such, he is unable to father a child after a vasectomy procedure. A vasectomy in no way changes your sexual drive or your ability to enjoy or have sex.
Your ability to have an orgasm or even an ejaculation remains unaffected (2). Sperm is a tiny part of all the liquid in semen. The absence of sperm does not affect the texture, color, intensity, or amount of fluid. The male hormones are still present in the bloodstream, and there is no change to secondary traits such as voice or beard.
Defining a No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV)
The No-Scalpel approach is one of the two primary surgical techniques applied in a vasectomy. Most physicians prefer this method since, unlike the conventional vasectomy technique, a scalpel is unnecessary. Incisions are absent with one or two tiny punctures on the skin. Most times, the No-Scalpel Vasectomy leads to less discomfort following the surgery with a lower risk of infection or bleeding.
Recovery Period Following a No-Scalpel Procedure
Typically, the NSV procedure takes roughly 15 minutes or even less (3). You may spend an hour or so in the doctor’s office, given that there is the office routine, preparation, and paperwork. For the first two or three days following the procedure, you will probably experience some discomfort, tenderness, and slight swelling.
You are likely to resume your usual activities in a week. It is crucial that you carefully adhere to the instructions recommended by your physician. Ensure that you take all the time you need before resuming normal activities. Also, adopt a schedule that works perfectly for you.
Effectiveness of the No-Scalpel Vasectomy Technique
A vasectomy does not immediately make you sterile (4). After the NSV procedure, you may want to use other birth control methods until your physician recommends otherwise. Active sperm stay in the semen for a prolonged period. It could take several weeks before the semen is sperm-free. Your physician will conduct a test on your semen, probably a couple of times in several weeks. After the test results, you will know when to consider the procedure complete.
What Are the Risks Involved?
Just like with any other surgical procedure, the NSV technique could have complications. It would be best if you asked your physician to explain these risks to you carefully. Nonetheless, any vasectomy operation ranks as one of the safest procedures.
Most of the complications, if there are any, are generally minor and quickly treatable. These complications include fluid accumulation, temporary swelling, transient bruising, bleeding, or infection.
Reversing the Vasectomy Procedure
There are advanced microsurgery operations through which the effects of the vasectomy can be reversed. However, each case is unique, and such the probability of success may vary significantly in individual cases.
Links to Sources Used:
- Contraception – vasectomy https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/HealthyLiving/contraception-vasectomy
- Impact of vasectomy on the sexual satisfaction of couples: experience from a specialized clinic https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5656365/
- Role of No-Scalpel Vasectomy in Male Sterilization https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3444593/
- Male Sterilization https://www.cdc.gov/reproductivehealth/contraception/mmwr/spr/male_sterilization.html