Vasectomy Side Effects: Short Term Effects and the Long-Term Benefit
As I’ve discussed before, the myths and misinformation about vasectomies unfortunately have a way of influencing a man’s consideration of a vasectomy. But the reality is that in most cases, this elective procedure can be accomplished as a short outpatient procedure with a quick recovery time, with the positive long term benefits of a vasectomy far outweighing the short-term vasectomy side effects that men can experience.
Short Term Vasectomy Side Effects: #1 Post-Procedure “Blues”
“Blues” as in bruising, which some men notice in the scrotum area. In addition to bruising, you may also experience swollen and/or achy testicles for up to a week or so after surgery. To minimize the pain and swelling, I recommend the administration of ice packs to the scrotum for the remainder of the day. Patients should then rest for three days and avoid strenuous activity or exercise for about 7 days, including sexual intercourse.
Short Term Vasectomy Side Effects: #2 Getting to Sperm-Free Ejaculate
Many men think that a after a vasectomy you no longer produce semen, and/or you no longer ejaculate the same as before the surgery. Your body continues to produce sperm, but sperm will no longer be present in your semen. It usually approximately six weeks and 15 to 20 ejaculations before sterility is complete. You will undergo semen analysis to ensure that sperm has cleared from your ejaculate. Vasectomy surgery is not considered successful until semen analysis shows the complete absence of sperm.
During a vasectomy the two vas deferens that usually transport sperm from the testes to the penis are cut, prohibiting the sperm from leaving the body. With nowhere to go, the sperm simply die and your body absorbs them. So rest assured, you will still ejaculate, and it will look the way it always has, but once you have cleared out your ejaculate of sperm, you will not need to worry about releasing sperm that could potentially lead to pregnancy.
Long Term Vasectomy Benefit: Sex as Usual but with Less Worry
A vasectomy will not change your ability to have an erection, orgasm or your desire (also known as libido) to have sex. Libido is typically related to other hormones in the body and a vasectomy does not alter these normal physiologic processes in the body. Hopefully the only way in which your sexual experience changes is that you can now enjoy the experience even more without the worry of contributing to a pregnancy.
While the long-term effects of a vasectomy far outweigh the short-term effects immediately following surgery, the decision to undergo a vasectomy is still not always an easy one. If you are in the New York area and are considering a vasectomy, please contact Dr. Fisch’s office for a consultation to discuss his no needle, no scalpel vasectomy and if it is right for you.
If you are considering a vasectomy and you’re in the New York area, please contact Dr. Harry Fisch for a consultation.