Kremmling " Permanent birth control for men a simple procedure |

Kremmling " Permanent birth control for men a simple procedure

Eric Murray / Voice of Your Hospital
Kremmling, Colorado

Have you and your mate decided to not have any more children or none at all? Many will be interested to know that the permanent sterilization option for men is simpler.

Dr. Edward Medina, general surgeon, can perform a vasectomy in less time than it takes to have your teeth cleaned at the dentist. On the other hand, if a woman were to have a tubal ligation it would take considerably longer and the risks are greater.

Although both are procedures are considered safe options, vasectomies are comparatively safer.

A vasectomy is a permanent method of birth control that is almost 100 percent effective and hardly has any risks. It is also covered by most insurance plans after a waiting period, which is intended to ensure the certainty of the patient about the decision not to have children.

A local anesthetic and approximately 30 minutes is all it takes for a man to have this procedure. The equivalent female procedure of permanent birth control, tubal ligation, takes much longer and requires general anesthesia, which is a risk in itself.

Furthermore, the abdominal cavity is opened during a tubal ligation, also increasing risk of infection or complication.

To further the case for vasectomy rather than tubal ligation, men can get back to work in a short amount of time. According to Dr. Wisneski, family practice physician, men can return to work within two days after the procedure as long as it does not involve heavy lifting. He says that there is minimal pain during the procedure and little pain during the recovery.

Many men might be fearful of compromising pleasure or performance after a vasectomy.

“There are no sexual changes,” Dr. Wisneski said. “In fact most men enjoy it more after a vasectomy because they don’t worry about pregnancy.”

“A vasectomy is by far the best solution for a stable couple who know they don’t want anymore children,” said Dr. Wisneski. Dr. Wagner, another family practice physician agrees, “A vasectomy, overall, has less risk to the human being involved than a tubal ligation.”

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