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Vasectomy Myths: 3 common misconceptions debunked by Dr Salina Jamani

Updated: Jan 22, 2020

A vasectomy is not the traditional act of love that many women dream about receiving from their partners - but World Vasectomy Day is all about changing that attitude. It’s time to celebrate the men who are stepping up for their partners, their families and their futures. Vasectomies are not only a quick and easy operation, but an extremely safe one as well. It is one of the safest and most effective forms of contraception.

So what are the things that are stopping men from going ahead with a vasectomy? There are many misconceptions surrounding the procedure. Let’s address a few of the common ones:

1. Pain

Yes - a vasectomy will hurt. Not during the procedure, but it will be uncomfortable for a short time afterwards. If you follow all the after-care instructions, the discomfort will improve relatively quickly. The pain is usually managed very well with a good ice pack and over the counter pain relief.

2. It will affect my sex life

This is absolutely not true. A vasectomy will not affect your libido. What many men report is that their sex life actually improves as there are no longer concerns surrounding hormonal contraception or an unwanted pregnancy.

3. I won’t be able to ejaculate

Sperm actually makes up a very small percentage of total ejaculate. The difference post vasectomy is negligible. A vasectomy can be very empowering for many men. It allows them to take an active step in family planning. So this World Vasectomy Day make an appointment to discuss the procedure with your doctor - do it as an act of love.

For further information, see the Vasectomy section of this site or make an appointment to discuss your concerns with one of our specialist doctors.

Dr Salina Jamani runs a busy procedure list at Clinic 66 and Vasectomy is one of her specialties.

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