7 surprising facts to know about vasectomies

Learn important details about this sterilisation technique that lets you enjoy sex with the spouse without worrying about making babies…

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So, you’ve completed your family. Now that you’ve had your desired number of kids, you’re looking into a more permanent form of contraception.

Birth control is a shared responsibility. Women can choose various contraceptive options — from a diaphragm and an intra-uterine device to taking birth control pills.

However, men have fewer options. Other than practising abstinence, using a condom or the withdrawal method (ejaculating outside the vagina), the remaining and more lasting option is to get a vasectomy.

This surgical procedure permanently cuts or blocks off the small tubes — called vasa deferentia — through which sperm travels when the man ejaculates. A small cut is made on each side of the scrotum, a small section of each tube is either tied, blocked with surgical clips or sealed with an electric current.

“The success rate of vasectomy as a form of contraception is in excess of 99 per cent.”

If the mere thought of having surgery leaves your man feeling queasy, he may want to go for the non-surgical method. Instead of scalpel cuts, a tiny puncture is made. This method reduces your risk of infection and bruising, nor will you have to deal with stitches.

After the vasectomy, your husband will still be able to ejaculate and have an orgasm although his semen carry no traces of sperm.

Gleneagles Hospital urologist Dr Poh Beow Kiong points out, “The success rate of vasectomy as a form of contraception is in excess of 99 per cent.” While there are no official figures on the number of vasectomies carried out in Singapore every year, Dr Poh says he gets two enquiries about the procedure every week.

So, if you and your spouse don’t plan any more kids, a vasectomy ensures that you won’t have to handle any unexpected “surprises” or “accidents”. Here are other surprising facts to know about the sterilisation procedure…

1) Your hubby’s ejaculate may look different after Dr Poh says some patients claim that their ejaculate looks clearer than before but many patients do not see any difference in the quality of their semen.