Vasectomy is a simple non-surgical operation in which doctors perform in their clinics to sterilize a man. It involves cutting two tubes known as vas deferens, which are present in the scrotum. This prevents the sperm from entering the semen. As a result, the male is incapable of getting a woman pregnant during sexual intercourse. It is one of the safest forms of permanent male birth control. Men opt to undergo this procedure for many reasons. Most of them might not want to have children or endanger their spouse’s health through pregnancy. Others might have a serious genetic disease that they do want to transmit to their offspring.
How to prepare for a male vasectomy?
Men who want a vasectomy should first consult their doctors. Only they can explain to them what the procedure involves, its potential risks, and the outcome. Doctors will then proceed to conduct a thorough medical evaluation to assess their current health. They might even ask them about the medicines they are currently taking. They will then go to instruct them to take the following steps prior to the operation:
- Avoid taking blood-thinning medications for at least a week,
- Stop consuming aspirin-containing medicines like naproxen for five days before the procedure,
- Shave off the public hair in the genital region especially in the area surrounding the scrotum,
- Do not apply talcum powder or any kind of deodorant to the genital region,
- Have a normal breakfast or dinner just before taking this non-surgical operation,
- Men should wear tight underwear like a jockstrap on the day of the procedure, and
- They should ask a relative or their partner to accompany them to the clinic so they can be driven home.
During a male vasectomy procedure, doctors first numb the man’s genital area with local anesthesia. This ensures they do not feel any kind of discomfort throughout the procedure. The doctors then proceed to puncture a small hole on one side of their scrotum. This is necessary to extract the vas deferens tubes, cut, and seal them with stitches. Then they replace them back in place. The entire procedure is over within 20 minutes or so.
After the vasectomy procedure, doctors will insist that they are driven home by their partners. They should spend a calm and quiet evening resting on a reclining bed to rest. The next day they should:
- Remove the scrotal support their doctors provide them with and take a normal shower,
- Clean their genital region and apply an ice pack to reduce the swelling,
- Avoid any form of strenuous exercise or work for the next seven days, and
- Visit their doctors for a medical checkup 12 weeks after the procedure.
Male vasectomy is one of the safest birth control operations for men. In this procedure, doctors simply cut and seal the two vas deferens tubes in their scrotum. This ensures no sperm escapes through the semen. Before the operation, they should avoid certain medicines and shave the hair off their genital region. After the operation, they need to apply an ice pack at regular intervals to their genital region and avoid strenuous exercise.