5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Scheduling a Vasectomy
If you’re considering a vasectomy, you probably already know the basics: it’s a surgery that prevents you from being able to father children. Vasectomy is highly effective (after a few months to clear the sperm from your system) and it’s considered permanent, although it is reversible in most cases.
But having a vasectomy is not always an easy decision. Here are some questions that I suggest my patients consider before scheduling the surgery.
Is my partner on the same page?
Sometimes it’s the guy who wants the vasectomy and sometimes the suggestion comes from his wife or girlfriend. Whoever came up with the idea, it’s important that both individuals agree on the decision. I’ve found that couples that agree about the decision usually have fewer regrets after the procedure.
Remember, if either one of you feels unsure about having children, you can always continue using birth control until you’re both certain. A vasectomy should be considered a permanent procedure because a vasectomy reversal is not guaranteed to enable a pregnancy. If you’re feeling pressured or if your partner is uncomfortable with the decision, you might want to wait.
Do I have any medical conditions that might cause a complication?
If you have prostate issues, pain in your scrotum or any unusual lumps, talk to your healthcare provider sooner rather than later. A pre-existing medical condition such as varicoceles can cause complications during or after the surgery. A detailed discussion and checkup can help your urologist decide if you’re a good candidate for a vasectomy.
Would a change in circumstances affect my decision to have a vasectomy?
A new job, a new partner or a death in the family can all change your perspective on whether to have kids or not. Even if they seem unlikely, these factors are all worth considering before scheduling the procedure.
What are the risks and potential side effects?
This is a question you should ask for any surgery you’re considering. For a vasectomy, it’s a question you should ask a urologist. I can’t answer the other questions for you, but I can answer this one. Risks and potential side effects from a vasectomy include bleeding, skin irritation, mild discomfort, post-vasectomy chronic congestion pain, nerve-related pain and infection. These risks can be minimized with an experienced vasectomy surgeon, and although some are less likely than others, they’re always possible.
Which kind of vasectomy should I get?
Be sure to discuss with your urologist the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to the surgery. Your choices are a traditional vasectomy and a no-scalpel vasectomy. I perform the no-scalpel kind, which produces less bleeding and less post-operative pain. Also, the recovery time tends to be faster.
Speak up before moving forward with your vasectomy
While all these questions are important, you probably have a few more. If you’re interested in discussing a potential vasectomy, give my office a call and set up an appointment.