Understanding Vasectomy & Family Planning
Vasectomy is an option for contraception.
Family Planning Options
As you consider your family planning options, it helps to understand the other options that exist. Your doctor can also help you make your decision.
Temporary or reversible methods of birth control include condoms, spermicides, a diaphragm, an IUD, the pill, the patch, and the Depo shot. Permanent methods include male sterilization by vasectomy and female sterilization by tubal ligation.
A vasectomy is a quick and convenient operation performed to achieve permanent sterility. It has been performed since the early 1900s and is considered safer, less invasive, and less risky than tubal ligation, the female option for permanent sterility.
Why a vasectomy?
What is a vasectomy?
This animated video shows how a vasectomy affects male anatomy.
Facts about vasectomy
"A successful vasectomy is more than 99.5% effective, making it the most effective method of birth control."
Non-Medical Factors to Consider
A vasectomy should only be considered if you’ve decided not to have anymore children. While the procedure can be reversed, it should be considered a permanent solution. It’s important to be sure about your decision.
While no one can predict the future, try to consider the possibility of unforeseen changes in your life, or the life of your partner and children. Ask yourself if you are sure you do not want any more biological children.
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