What if I Made a Mistake

Man stands guarding his groin as he contemplates if a vasectomy is the right decision before he moves forward with treatment

Many men choose to undergo a vasectomy for several reasons, not least of which is that tubal ligation in women is more complex and permanent; however, surgery on such a delicate part of the body can be fear-provoking and make even the strongest of men second guess their decision. It’s also crucial that men understand they may have very strong emotions, both before and after the procedure, including mild depression or anxiety. These are perfectly normal and should not be hidden or suppressed. Speaking to your men’s health specialist or even a counselor can be very beneficial in working through these feelings.

However, to put your mind at ease, know that vasectomies have become routine, and men who believe it is their best option for the future should not be overly concerned.

Vasectomies today are minimally invasive and far less painful than they once were. Dr. Kapadia performs vasectomies using the tiniest devices with a small incision in the scrotum. These vasectomies are exceptionally effective, and patients quickly recover and return to everyday life. It’s not unheard of for some urologists to perform vasectomies on themselves!

Further, there will be no change in sex life or enjoyment of sexual activity after a vasectomy. Patients will continue to ejaculate and feel pleasure. The only difference is that the semen will not contain sperm which in turn means that after a successful vasectomy, patients cannot conceive.

What if I Made a Mistake?

It is essential to state that patients should consider their vasectomy permanent.

However, it is estimated that about 10% of men who undergo a vasectomy change their minds at some point in the future. Fortunately, the procedure is reversible for most men that have undergone a vasectomy within the ten years prior. That’s not to say that men more than ten years out from the original vasectomy can’t have a reversal; it’s just somewhat less effective. That said, vasectomy reversals are far more involved than an initial vasectomy and require some preoperative testing to help ensure fertility. This, therefore, requires a specialized urologist like Dr. Kapadia, but even these complex procedures are very successful when in the right hands, and most patients can conceive once again.

Dr. Kapadia and the entire team at our office understand what a significant decision having a vasectomy may be for you and your family. Our goal is to put your mind at ease. We look forward to meeting you at a consultation to discuss any concerns or fears about the procedure and offer concrete expectations about life after a vasectomy.

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