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Iseri and Associates Urology - Dr. Marc Iseri, Urologist, vasectomy services in Boise, Idaho, Weiser, Idaho, Ontario, Oregon, and Baker City, Oregon

Vasectomy - First Considerations

First Considerations || No-Scalpel Vasectomy
Possible Risks || Preparing For Your Vasectomy || After The Vasectomy
Frequently Asked Questions

Vasectomy - First Considerations

Vasectomy should be considered permanent and irreversible. Don't be fooled by claims of reversible vasectomies...there is no such thing. If you attempt to reverse your vasectomy within the first three years of having it done, you have about a 70% chance of success (this falls quickly after three years to almost nil at ten years). The reason for this is simple. It may be possible to rejoin the tubes (the vas deferens) but the sperm that go through may be dead, Some men, after vasectomy, develop immunity, or antibodies, to sperm. This is not a concern from the point of view of general health. But it means that the body may kill the sperm as they are produced, making successful reversal difficult.

Men under the age of 30 are statistically 12 times more likely to undergo reversal surgery...a 3-hour operation under general anaesthetic with a painful recovery costing many thousands of dollars and with no guarantee of success! Those with children under 4-6 months of age may want to consider waiting before proceeding to vasectomy. The risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is greatest under this age. Obviously natural conception is the best method. However it is possible to freeze semen prior to vasectomy (for a fee) for those with infants or men who have no children.

The bottom line is this: if you are in doubt about whether you want to have any more children, don't have a vasectomy. Your partner may wish to consider the Norplant implant, a form of birth control for women, which is placed under the skin and remains effective for up to five years (may not be available in Canada). depo-Provera is an injectable form of a similar compound that provides 3 months of protection.

A vasectomy has no bearing on sexual function. Your ability to obtain and maintain an erection is unchanged. When you ejaculate after vasectomy there will be an equivalent amount of semen that comes out. It there are problems in your sexual relations, however, work them out before you have a vasectomy. It could only magnify problems psychologically.

You will be asked about any medical conditions, bleeding problems and allergies to medication or anaesthetics. It is your responsibility to make certain that the doctor is aware of the presence of any of these.

The information on this page is reproduced by kind permission of Dr. Ronald S. Weiss.

Dr. Marc Iseri, a board certified urologist, is one of only two doctors on the west coast to offer the ground-breaking no needle no scalpel vasectomy procedure. Read more: Breakthrough No-Needle, No-Scalpel Vasectomy Now Available in the Treasure Valley

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