An Introduction to the Vasectomy Clinic
Helping You Make a Personal Decision
Did you know that 500,000 men elect for a vasectomy every year in the U.S.? Vasectomies are so common, in fact, that they are often depicted in popular culture. One well-known episode, of “The Office,” titled “Snip Snap” even dedicated an entire scene to a vasectomy. More recently, “The Big Bang Theory,” depicted a character preparing and recovering from a vasectomy. What, is the real story when it comes to modern-day vasectomies? Are they something to wince, welcome, or embrace? The Vasectomy Clinic of Michiana is here to help answer all your questions regarding this personal procedure, so you can make the right decision for you.
Vasectomy Clinic Facts and Figures
Most people know that a vasectomy is a surgery that prevents pregnancy. In medical terms, this procedure ensures that the vas deferens are sealed off, blocking sperm from making contact with semen. Although the testicles can still produce sperm following a vasectomy, the sperm cannot be ejected through the penis, and are simply absorbed by the body. With the exception of abstinence, a vasectomy is the most effective method of birth control. Let’s take a look at some other facts regarding vasectomies:
- A vasectomy surgery only takes approximately 20 minutes
- In addition to being the most efficient means of birth control, vasectomies happen to also be the most cost-effective (as a one-time fee)
- It’s important to note that having a vasectomy does not rule out the possibility of contracting a sexually transmitted disease (STD)
- Although vasectomies are a permanent form of birth control, in certain cases, a vasectomy may be reversed (but this process is more invasive and typically the surgery takes place in a hospital, rather than an office visit or outpatient facility). Reversals are NOT performed by the physicians of the Vasectomy Clinic of Michiana with Urology Associates of South Bend.
As for pain, does a vasectomy produce the crippling variety we often witness in cinematic scenarios? Minimal pain and swelling in the scrotum is normal, but typically discomfort subsides within a few days, and most individuals can return to work within a day or two (depending on occupation). Of course, rest is always recommended, as is avoiding heavy lifting for at least one week. Sexual activity can generally resume after 7-10 days.
At the Vasectomy Clinic of Michiana, we adopt a personalized approach with each individual to address specific family planning needs. Whether you don’t want any(more) children or are concerned about passing on a specific gene, we are here to guide you through the process. There are no age restrictions for a vasectomy, however, we recommend an age range between 25 – 45. Our process utilizes gentle sedation and doesn’t always require a scalpel. Our goal is to have you healing and back to routine activity as soon as possible.
If you’d like to learn more about our Vasectomy Clinic or have general questions regarding a vasectomy procedure, please call us now at (574) 234-4100 or click here to schedule a consultation.
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