When men hear the word ‘vasectomy’ it’s like an alarm goes off in their head; a high-pitched, your-going-to-do-what-where, get-away-from-that-area kind of alarm. The idea of conducting a procedure on the penis gets most men pretty nervous. But the reality is, there is no reason to be worried. The no-scalpel vasectomy is fairly quick, virtually painless and yields results that optimize your sex life. Allow me to explain.
The main reason a man, or couples, walk into my office to discuss a vasectomy is to prevent unwanted pregnancy. In order to sever the chance of accidentally getting pregnant, couples often evaluate the many birth control options. The most common options that are most widely known are birth control for the woman (either oral contraception, a patch, or an IUD). There is also the good-ol’ condom that can be pulled out and thrown on as things are getting heated. But in my years’ experience, one option that often comes up is: how about a vasectomy?
Well, the first thing I will say about the vasectomy is that, as a permanent form of contraception, it is the best option in contrast to a tubal ligation. The NSV is minimally invasive, has a quick recovery time, and has 80% less risk than other procedures (i.e. a conventional vasectomy).
Another benefit is that a (no-scalpel) vasectomy bears no change in the production of a man’s hormones. Unlike some of the female contraception out there that fiddle around with estrogen levels, a vasectomy simply interrupts sperm from reaching the semen. That’s it. Because the procedure doesn’t affect hormones or sperm production, a vasectomy keeps sexual function intact, preserves sexual vitality, and a man’s overall libido will remain virtually unaffected.
The no-scalpel vasectomy (also known as the keyhole vasectomy) is a simple in-office procedure. Contrary to the conventional vasectomy, no incisions are made. Using a forceps-looking tool, the surgeon (me) punctures through the skin of the scrotal sac. In order to visualize the vas deferens (the tubes that sperm travels through to get to the semen), the skin is gently spread apart and the site is punctured, blocking sperm from mixing with semen, thus preventing unwanted pregnancy. The NSV takes about 15-20 minutes on average, and that includes prep time.
If you (and your partner) are done having kids and want to enjoy sex without any interruption or worry, consider talking to your doctor about the no-scalpel vasectomy. Another great thing to consider when it comes to the vasectomy is that unlike many complicated medical procedures, the NSV is fairly straightforward and simple to understand, which allows you to make an informed decision about your sexual health. So, get the info you need and #HaveTheBallsToTalkAboutIt