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Should I Get A Vasectomy?

Should I get a vasectomy?Should I Get a Vasectomy?

Should I get a vasectomy? This is a question some men ask themselves and their partners when they are making decisions about children and family size. If you are considering getting a vasectomy, there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself before you arrive at a “yes” or “no” response to the question “Should I get a vasectomy?”

Those questions should take into account the fact that every man is unique and has a different lifestyle, goals, health issues, and personal beliefs. Be sure to consult a medical professional (e.g., your family doctor, urologist), review the latest literature on vasectomies, and involve your partner/spouse, spiritual advisor, and/or family members, when appropriate, in your decision-making process.

Should I Get a Vasectomy? Questions to Ask

  • Am I absolutely certain I don’t want to father any children? Although a vasectomy can be reversed in some cases, the procedure should be viewed as permanent.
  • How does my partner/spouse feel about my having a vasectomy?
  • Does my insurance cover vasectomies? Not all health policies cover a vasectomy, and some require a specific amount of time to pass between the time of the first doctor visit and the vasectomy.
  • Do I want to bank my sperm for future use? Contact a sperm bank in your area for information on how to bank your sperm.
  • What happens to my sperm? After a vasectomy, your testicles continue to produce sperm but they dissolve and are naturally absorbed by the body.
  • What other forms of birth control should I consider?
  • What happens during a vasectomy?
  • What are the side effects or risks associated with a vasectomy?
  • What are the benefits of a vasectomy?
  • Is having a vasectomy safe?
  • How effective is a vasectomy in preventing pregnancy?
  • How will having a vasectomy affect my sex life?
  • How long does it take to recover after a vasectomy?
  • How much does a vasectomy cost?
  • Are there any medical conditions that could prevent me from being a candidate for a vasectomy?
  • How many different types of vasectomy procedures are there, and how are they performed?
  • Who performs a vasectomy and where can I have the procedure done in my area?
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About Dr. Larry Lipshultz, M.D.

Dr. Lipshultz is Professor of Urology and Chief of the Division of Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas . He is an internationally acclaimed fertility specialist and a pioneer in the field of urologic microsurgery, specializing in male infertility, erectile dysfunction, microsurgery, genetic causes of infertility, and age-related changes in male hormone levels (androgen replacement). He was a founder of the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction and is a Past President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. In addition, he has served on the FDA Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs. He was the first AUA Research scholar and was awarded the prestigious Hugh Hampton Young Award at the 2005 AUA Annual Meeting. More on Dr. Lipshultz

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