Vasectomy is a simple outpatient procedure that cuts your vas deferens tubes. The vas deferens transport sperm to your semen, and cutting them means you’re no longer fertile.
Vasectomy is the only method of permanent male birth control, and about 50 million American men have had the procedure. It’s also one of the safest and most effective birth control options available for couples who know they don’t want to get pregnant in the future.
At Advanced Urology, our team specializes in no-scalpel vasectomy in the greater Los Angeles, California, area. We’ve worked with thousands of men, and one of the questions we hear most often is: “How do I know if a vasectomy is right for me?”
Getting a vasectomy is a highly personal choice, but we’re here to help you decide. A vasectomy might be right for you if:
You’re done having children
Vasectomies are permanent. That means when you’re deciding whether to get one, you must decide if you want the option to father a child in the future.
If you already have children, you might know that your family feels complete. If you’re confident that you’re done having children, vasectomy is a safe and effective method of birth control that lasts the rest of your life.
While vasectomies can be reversed if you change your mind, efficacy isn’t guaranteed. You shouldn’t choose to get a vasectomy with a plan to reverse it in the future.
You don’t want any children
About 86% of women and 61% of men in the United States have children, but being a parent isn’t something everyone wants. If you’re sure that you never want to father a child, a vasectomy may be a good option for you.
Sometimes, couples choose vasectomy for personal health reasons. You may consider getting a vasectomy if you or your partner are carriers of genetic conditions that you don’t want to pass to a child. A vasectomy may also be a good solution if pregnancy puts your partner’s health at risk.
You want a safe, proven method of birth control
Vasectomies are 99% effective, and they’re one of the safest sterilization procedures available for men or women.
Our team performs no-scalpel vasectomies in our office using local anesthesia. We make a small puncture in your scrotum and close off the vas deferens. The puncture is so small that it doesn’t need stitches, and you can go home shortly after the procedure.
Recovery takes just a few days. Over the following weeks, we do sperm count tests to monitor the efficacy of your vasectomy. Once your results confirm sperm are no longer present, you can stop using other methods of birth control.
When it comes down to it, deciding if a vasectomy is right for you is a question only you can answer. To learn more about getting a vasectomy, book an appointment with our team at Advanced Urology. We have offices in Los Angeles, Culver City, Redondo Beach, and San Pedro, California. Call the one nearest you or send us a message online now.