Considering closing down the baby-making factory? It’s a big decision, isn’t it?
But before you shut the sperm shop, have a read of our list of pros and cons to see if it’s really the right option for you…we mean, your partner.
A vasectomy is a common birth control option for couples that no longer want kids. Unlike most birth control on the market, a vasectomy is all about dad.
It is a surgical procedure where the vas deferens tubes (located inside the scrotum) are cut, preventing sperm from being released into the semen. So men just ejaculate but the fluid won’t contain any sperm. No sperm, no babies, no whoopsies for mum and dad.
It sounds like a grand idea, right? You get to keep everything in working order and hubby has to go in for the snip. But there are a few more things to consider before booking your (his) vasectomy appointment.
Snip snip, hooray! – Why say yes to the snip
No more babies – Which is a great plus, when you know you’re done. But, if you’re not sure, it’s probably best to stay clear of a vasectomy. Men can go in for a vasectomy reversal, but it’s not guaranteed and it can be expensive.
No birth control! – It also means you can say goodbye to the pill, the Mirena and the condoms. Yessss!
It can make for better sex – After all, when there’s no risk of falling pregnant, it can be a lot more fun to head to the bedroom. No fumbling for condoms in the bedside drawer, at least! Plus, a vasectomy doesn’t decrease the libido of the man, just the risk of falling pregnant. #winning
It’s a minor procedure – Generally done under light or general anaesthetic, a vasectomy takes around 30 minutes. Most men are able to return to work within 24-72 hours.
It doesn’t change him – Getting the snip won’t rob him of his manhood, lower his testosterone or make him any less of a man. Men still ejaculate – it’s just the sperm gets reabsorbed into his body rather than being mixed with the semen.
It’s not that expensive – Vasectomy cost will depend on your state, your age, and your private healthcare situation. But it will generally cost around $800 for all consultations, surgical procedures, and sample follow-up. Compared to tubal litigation for ladies, this is a bargain!
It’s the fair option – You went through pregnancy and childbirth. It’s hubby turn, right?
Vasectomy cons to consider
No more babies – Although it’s a pro for many, it can also be a problem, especially if you do change your mind down the road. Most doctors will need to speak to both husband and wife before going ahead, especially if the husband is under 35. After all, you may not want any more rugrats today. But what about later down the track?
It’s not a straightaway thing – It will take 8-12 weeks to get the all-clear that the sperm shop is officially closed. And, in some instances, it doesn’t work.
It can be hard on poor hubs (and you) – Even though he’s technically not losing anything, it can still be difficult for men to come to terms with. As one mum explains, “Psychologically it was hard on both of us after. In the end, we had it reversed as it felt wrong and unnatural to be ‘infertile’.”
It doesn’t protect against STIs – Babies, yes. STIs no.
It can hurt – There will be some vasectomy pain and swelling in the groin or scrotum but ice and painkillers should be enough to manage it. There is also a slight risk of ongoing pain but this is very rare.
It’s a ‘vasecto-me’. Not you.
Of course, deciding that it’s time for your partner to have a vasectomy is one thing. Convincing your man it’s time for him to step up to the plate is another! It’s his body, his ability to father children and his balls we’re talking about here!
So why not use your power of persuasion by throwing him a Balls Voyage Party, as this hilarious wife did? He may just be more inclined to get the snip if there’s cake involved…