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It is common today for most men to access information on a vasectomy through the Internet, a mine of facts, misconceptions, and myths. Sifting it to understand the truth is a time consuming and brain-wracking exercise. A better option is to consult with an expert doctor to check the veracity of the information you have gathered.
At the Ottawa Vasectomy and Infant Circumcision clinic, we encourage couples to raise queries and clarify their doubts to help them take a well-informed decision. Our experience suggests many people some common misconceptions about vasectomy. Here are 4 common myths:
1. A Vasectomy Is Painful And Difficult
A vasectomy is an outpatient procedure completed within a short duration of 10 to 20 minutes. It is non-invasive and is performed without using needles or a scalpel. Local anesthesia administered by a jet-spray minimizes the discomfort. The pain and bruising after the procedure are bearable and is treated with over the counter medicines such a Tylenol or ibuprofen.
The recovery period after the procedure for most patients is about one week while some may need up to two weeks. Simple precautions like not lifting heavy things for a week, avoiding tight underwear, and the use of cooling packs minimizes post-procedure swelling and pain. Complications are rare and the procedure is safe as well as easy.
2. A Vasectomy Reduces Sex Drive
People choose to have a vasectomy for a better sex life. It has no effect on erectile function, orgasm or libido. Studies on this subject do not indicate any negative effects on sex due to vasectomy. What the procedure does is block the tube, the path where the sperm travels to the penis. Vasectomy is an effective birth control method as it obstructs pregnancy causing sperm. The patient can go back to sexual activity after a week. There is no impact on either testosterone levels or sex drive.
3. A Vasectomy Is Irreversible
A vasectomy is an effective birth control method where success rates are high. For different reasons, people who have undergone vasectomy may decide later that they want to have children and want the procedure reversed. Against the general belief that the procedure is irreversible, it is possible to reverse vasectomy using modern surgical techniques. However, it is better to do this within three years.
4. Vasectomy Is Associated With Prostrate Cancer
Men are afraid of prostate cancer. So any unauthenticated association between vasectomy and this form of cancer needs to be demystified. The American Urological Association, after reviewing vast amounts of data, has concluded that vasectomy does not cause prostate cancer.
If you have any questions or want to know more, just get in touch with us at the Ottawa Vasectomy and Infant Circumcision clinic. You can call us or contact us through our online form. We also have an online registration form so you can make an appointment for your procedure.