3 Reasons to Get a Vasectomy (And 3 Reasons Not To)

Men across the country are deciding to get a vasectomy every day. According to the American Urologic Association (AUA), approximately 500,000 men receive a vasectomy every year in the U.S. Vasectomies are a relatively painless, in-office surgical procedure that prevents sperm from leaving the body and is more than 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. Making the decision to get a vasectomy can be a difficult process, with many factors to consider. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to undergo a vasectomy, here are some factors to consider.

Reasons to get a vasectomy:

1) You are positive you do not want kids.
People often fall under two categories for this reason. Some men choose to not have any children and do not wish to become parents. Because a vasectomy can be a relatively irreversible condition, it’s important to be positive you do not wish to have children before undergoing the procedure. The second category of men is those who already have a family and wish to stop having children. In this case, it’s important to discuss your choice with your partner to ensure that the decision to stop having children is mutual.

2) You do not wish to pass on a genetic disease to your child.
Men with genetic conditions such as Huntington’s disease, Marfan syndrome, and more may choose a vasectomy rather than passing these conditions to their children. It’s important to have a conversation with your doctor about the risks associated with certain genetic disorders or hereditary diseases. Make sure you understand the likelihood of passing certain conditions to your children before considering a vasectomy.

3) Pregnancy would put your partner’s health at risk.
Certain disorders and conditions can put a woman at greater risk for health problems during pregnancy.

Reasons to NOT get a vasectomy:

1) You would like a reversible form of birth control.
While vasectomies are technically a reversible procedure, the success rates of vasectomy reversals vary widely from 30 percent to 90 percent depending on the procedure. Vasectomies are not recommended for those still planning on having children in the future.

2) You are unsure about whether or not you’d like to stop having children.
If you or your partner are not ready to stop having children, a vasectomy might not be right for you.

3) You have not discussed the pros and cons of a vasectomy with your partner.
The choice to get a vasectomy is an important one and should be made with the consent of all parties involved. Before undergoing the procedure, you should take time to discuss it with your partner to ensure you are both on the same page. For those without partners, consider the opinion of potential partners while weighing your decision.

Ultimately, the decision to receive a vasectomy requires the input of your healthcare provider, partner, and yourself. If you’re interested in learning more about the vasectomy services offered at TPMG, talk to a provider today and learn if you might be a good candidate for a vasectomy.

Geoffrey B. Kostiner, MD

About Geoffrey B. Kostiner, MD

Geoffrey B. Kostiner, MD, is a board certified Urologist with TPMG Williamsburg Urology. Dr. Kostiner offers state-of-the-art vasectomy services for his patients at a competitive cost. This relatively painless, outpatient procedure is 99 percent effective at preventing pregnancy and has far fewer health risks than traditional female birth control. The 20-minute procedure is performed in the comfort of a TPMG office, minimizing facility costs associated with vasectomies performed in outpatient hospital settings. The relaxing environment and decreased expense attract patients across Virginia, from Richmond to Waynesboro seeking Dr. Kostiner for their vasectomy procedures.

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