What’s a vasectomy for a male? Male vasectomies are one of the safest and most reliable permanent forms of contraception. Thanks to improved methods in the vasectomy procedure, getting a vasectomy is now more affordable. At Queensland Vasectomy you pay $480 out of pocket with your Medicare rebate and we offer same-day counselling and vasectomy. The improved method No scalpel vasectomy makes the procedure even safer with a recovery time that is 80% faster than a traditional vasectomy. Most men are back at work two days after having their vasectomy.
Vasectomies are becoming more and more popular amongst Australian men. There are over 30 000 male vasectomies performed each year in Australia. One quarter of Australian men will have had one by the age of 40. The average age for vasectomy in Australia is 32.
Having a vasectomy will NOT change or reduce your:
- testosterone levels
- sex drive
Is male vasectomy the best choice for you?
Most Australian men who choose male vasectomy have had one or more children. They feel that their family is complete and have decided that having a male vasectomy is the best method of contraception because:
- there are no ongoing costs (purchasing condoms or hormonal contraception)
- they don’t have to wear a condom or pull out
- they no longer have to worry about unplanned or unintended pregnancy
- they care for their partner—vasectomy is safer than tubal ligation or a pregnancy termination
- their partner will no longer have to remember to take oral contraceptives every day
- they have decided that they no longer wish to father more children due to the ongoing cost of raising another child or other reasons
- they have decided to take ownership of their reproductive lives.
Many men who choose to have a vasectomy find that their sex life becomes more spontaneous without having to worry about an unintended pregnancy.
If you’re thinking about getting a vasectomy, it may not be the right choice for you if:
- you are yet to father children or are undecided about having further children
- you are very young
- your current relationship is not stable
- you are thinking about having a vasectomy to please your partner
- you are counting on being able to reverse your vasectomy in the future.
What are the requirements for male vasectomy?
Here are some of the requirements that may be considered before undergoing a vasectomy:
- Age: Most doctors recommend vasectomy for men above the age of 35 who have completed their families or have no plans to have more children in the future.
- Family planning: Vasectomy is a permanent and effective form of contraception and should only be considered if you are certain that you do not want any, or to have any more, biological children.
- Medical history: Your doctor will evaluate your overall health and any pre-existing medical conditions that may affect your ability to have the procedure.
- Lifestyle: If you have a physically demanding job or lifestyle, your doctor may advise against a vasectomy as it may affect your ability to recover after the procedure.
- Understanding of the procedure: It is important to have a thorough understanding of the procedure and its potential risks and benefits before making a decision.
- Alternative forms of birth control: Your doctor may also discuss alternative forms of birth control with you to determine if a vasectomy is the best choice for you.
- Partner’s agreement: Before undergoing a vasectomy, it is important to discuss the procedure with your partner and make sure that both of you are in agreement with the decision.
It’s important to remember that a vasectomy does not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), so you may still need to use other forms of protection. Your doctor can help you weigh the risks and benefits of a vasectomy and determine if it’s the right choice for you.
Vasectomy can be reversed; however, it is an expensive procedure that must be performed by a microsurgeon and there is no guarantee of success. A vasectomy reversal is more likely to be successful if done within 10 years. Many doctors believe that a No Scalpel vasectomy is easier to reverse as traditional methods remove a small section of the vas deferens. A vasectomy should be considered a permanent method of contraception.
If you are thinking about a reversal, a male vasectomy may not be the right choice for you.
Further reading to help guide you in your decision on whether a vasectomy is the right male contraceptive choice for you and your partner.
- Contraception overview http://www.true.org.au/Reproductive-health/Health-information/contraception
- Tubal ligation http://www.fpv.org.au/for-you/contraception/other-methods/tubal-ligation-sterilisation
- Things to know if you’re considering a vasectomy http://www.nytimes.com/ref/health/healthguide/esn-vasectomy-know.html
Doctor Sheehan is one of Australia’s leading Vasectomists. He offers No Scalpel Open ended vasectomies every weekday as well as the first Saturday of each month. To book, call Queensland Vasectomy on (07) 3180 1505 or contact us online.
Is a vasectomy the right choice for you? To book your vasectomy with Dr Sheehan and the team at Queensland Vasectomy, call (07) 3180 1505 or contact us online.