Weighing the Pros and Cons of Vasectomy
When it comes to vasectomy, the most important decision a man will make is not how it will be done—it is a safe, relatively painless, and straightforward procedure—but why it should be done. The choice may seem uncomplicated, but it is tied to lifestyle, perceptions, and values. One thing, though, is clear: If you have a vasectomy, it will be difficult to ever father another child.
What Should You Consider?Most men who get vasectomies are in their late 30s and have fathered all of the children they intend to father. Men who are in their 20s who have not yet had children or have decided they do not want to have children, should give the matter serious thought. The procedure is intended as a permanent form of birth control, so the decision should not be made hastily.In fact, making the decision for the best reasons is the most difficult part about undergoing a vasectomy. As procedures go, it is relatively uncomplicated. Vasectomy is also more than 99% effective. In the majority of cases, it leaves you functioning as well sexually as you did before. What is not as simple is deciding why you should have a vasectomy. There are very few medical reasons why a man has to have a vasectomy. Contrast this with many middle-aged women who must undergo a hysterectomy for a variety of health concerns or who must undergo a more complicated and riskier surgery in which their fallopian tubes are tied.