Most men cringe at the thought of having a vasectomy.
But if you know you don’t want more children, a vasectomy is the optimal choice. A vasectomy is an extremely effective form of birth control, with only 15-20 couples out of 10,000 getting pregnant within the first year compared to 1,400 of 10,000 couples who only use condoms.
Vasectomy vs. Other Forms of Birth Control
There are many birth control options out there. Here’s a comparison of a few popular forms of birth control to help you decide if a vasectomy is the right choice for you.
|Vasectomy. A vasectomy is a quick surgical procedure (20-30 minutes) that permanently blocks the tubes which carry sperm. You will still ejaculate, but your ejaculate will no longer contain sperm. Vasectomy is the most effective form of birth control with only a .15% failure rate. A vasectomy does not protect against STIs.
While considered a permanent birth control solution, a vasectomy can be reversed in some cases.
For more information on the benefits of a vasectomy, see: Vasectomy / Vasectomy Reversal.
|Condoms. Condoms are a convenient, temporary solution. However, they have a high failure rate (ranging from 2-18%). They can break even when used properly and cause vaginal irritation, but they do protect against STIs.|
|Birth Control Pills. The birth control pill prevents the ovaries from releasing eggs. Birth control pills have a failure rate of 9%. They can also cause many unwanted side effects in women including weight gain, headaches and decreased libido. They do not protect against STIs.|
|IUD. The intrauterine device (IUD) is a very effective form of birth control. The failure rate of an IUD is less than 1%. However, similarly to the pill, they can cause unwanted side effects for women including headaches and heavy bleeding.|
|Tubal Ligation. Tubal ligation is a permanent form of birth control for women. The failure rate is less than 1%, but the surgery is much more invasive than a vasectomy.|
The caring staff at Alarcon Urology is here to answer any questions you might have about vasectomies. Schedule an appointment with us today.