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What is a Vasectomy and Who Needs One?

A vasectomy is to men, what tubal ligation is to women. It is an effective form of birth control for men, who do not want or wish not to father any children. Married couples who do not want any children may decide to go this route. However, permanent methods of birth control are less likely in men.

How Does the Procedure Work?

The vasectomy prevents the delivery of sperms and semen. The doctor cuts and seals the male tubes, which carry the sperms. Sperms enter the epididymis tube until they reach full maturity. The epididymis connects to the vas deferens, which is part of the scrotum, and into an area where hernias mostly exist, the (inguinal canal). The deferens connects with other parts of the male reproductive system, such as the vesicle and the ejaculatory duct. The vasectomy interrupts this natural flow of sperms and semen, by permanently blocking them.

Image of Vasectomy
Image of Vasectomy

Does a Vasectomy Require Hospitalization?

No. The procedure is quick and simple, and does not require hospitalization. Doctors perform this procedure as an outpatient surgery. Patients can go home the same day. The procedure may take place in an ambulatory surgical center or in a hospital operating room setting. This actually depends on several factors. One of the main factors in determining where the procedure will be is whether the patient needs intravenous sedation.

What Change Sexually After Having a Vasectomy

There are no notable differences in sexual experiences, expectations, or enjoyments, after having a vasectomy. However, as with any form of birth control, not every method is fail proof. There is a slight possibility that the procedure may not be successful in preventing pregnancy. Although, the procedure is meant to be a permanent means to birth control, a reversal surgery can undo the effects of a vasectomy.