A PERMANENT SOLUTION.
STOPPING SPERM AT THE SOURCE
Male sterilisation, also known as a vasectomy, is a permanent surgical contraceptive method. It involves cutting the tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the penis during ejaculation in a procedure that is done under local anesthetic. Since it is permanent and highly effective, it is an option for those who never want to have children, or who don't wish to have any more.
After the procedure, the man can still ejaculate, but the seminal fluid will not contain any sperm. Sterilisation will only affect the man's fertility, and not his libido or his ability to have sex, but it's important to consult a doctor or nurse before making a decision. They will help you weigh the benefits and risks, and advise you on alternative long-acting methods of contraception such as the IUS or IUD. Sometimes it is possible to reverse a vasectomy, but the procedure is very complex, so there are no guarantees.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The year the first vasectomy was performed.
The seminal fluid ejaculated by a sterilised man contains no sperm.
Roughly the number of vasectomies undertaken worldwide every year.
- It is permanent.
- It allows spontaneity and doesn’t interrupt sex.
- It is hormone-free and can be an option for women who experience unwanted effects from hormones.
- It has no impact on menstruation.
- A doctor or nurse must perform the procedure, which may involve general anesthesia.
- Some women experience pain, bleeding, infection, or other complications after the procedure.
- It can cause tubal pregnancy.
- It is non-reversible.
- It doesn’t protect against HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
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