How Effective Is Vasectomy?

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A vasectomy is a highly effective form of birth control, with a failure rate of less than 1% when the procedure is performed correctly and the follow-up instructions are properly followed. This means that fewer than 1 out of every 100 women whose partners have had a vasectomy will become pregnant.

However, it’s important to note that a vasectomy does not provide protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and it does not work immediately. A confirmation of success through sperm count test is needed, usually done 6 weeks after the procedure and then again after 3 month after procedure.

One of the main advantages of vasectomy is that it is a highly reliable and low maintenance form of birth control. Once the procedure is done and sperm counts have been confirmed to be low, there is no need for daily, weekly or monthly reminder to take a pill or use any other form of birth control.

It is important to note that although vasectomy is a permanent form of birth control, there is still a small chance that the vas deferens can spontaneously reconnect, which is known as a recanalization, resulting in pregnancy. But the risk is very low, around 1 in 2,000 after the procedure is done.

It’s also important to note that reversal of vasectomy is possible, but it is a difficult and not always successful procedure. Before getting a vasectomy, it’s important to be certain that you do not want to have any more children or that you have completed your family.

Overall, vasectomy is a highly effective, low-maintenance, and long-lasting form of birth control for men. It is a safe procedure with a low complication rate, but it’s important to be fully informed before making the decision to have a vasectomy. Consult with your healthcare provider to discuss if vasectomy is right for you. They will be able to give you more information about the procedure, the recovery time, and potential complications.