A vasectomy is a procedure that seals both vas deferens tubes in your scrotum so that your sperm can’t mix with your semen. In Santa Monica, California, Dr. Mark J. Kelly performs hundreds of these pregnancy-prevention procedures each year.
Even though a vasectomy is a common procedure, it’s still deeply personal and one that you should discuss with your spouse or partner. If you’re considering it, but you’re still evaluating the pros and cons, keep reading for some of the top reasons it may be right for you.
5 good reasons to get a vasectomy
1. It works!
The rate of failure after a no-scalpel vasectomy is an astonishing 0.01%, which outperforms all methods except for abstinence. Dr. Kelly recommends that you use other forms of birth control for the first few weeks until you return for a follow-up and he determines that your semen doesn’t contain any sperm. Once you’ve been given clearance, you’ll never need any other type of birth control.
2. It’s minimally invasive.
Dr. Kelly applies a topical anesthetic to your scrotum to numb it. Then he makes one small hole in your scrotum to access your vas deferens. On each one, he makes a clean cut and cauterizes it. You don’t need stitches, your risk for infection is extremely low, there’s no bruising, and you can resume your regular activities quickly.
3. It’s cost-effective.
When you weigh the costs of other birth control methods over time, a no-scalpel vasectomy is the clear winner. In some cases, it’s partially or completely covered by insurance. Talk to our team about any financial or insurance questions you may have.
4. It doesn’t negatively impact your sex life.
Your penis is not affected at all during your no-scalpel vasectomy. The procedure only involves the tubes that transport the semen, which your body still makes, but doesn’t include in your ejaculate. Because you won’t be concerned about pregnancy prevention, your sex life may even be better than ever.
5. It doesn’t require a long recovery.
Dr. Kelly recommends you rest for about 24 hours and take it easier than usual for a few days, but the recovery is quick. Typically, most men return to work or their regular schedule within a couple days. You can have sex again in about a week.
When you’re ready to learn more about this quick, outpatient procedure that can transform your sex life, call our office to learn if you’re a candidate for a vasectomy or use the online scheduling feature.