When is Best Time to Schedule Vasectomy?
For sports fans, March brings lots of good TV watching as the NCAA basketball tournament begins. Many urologists have noticed and now use tournament time TV watching as a marketing tool to get men to schedule their vasectomy.
A vasectomy is a procedure in which the two tubes (vas deferens)that carry sperm from the testicles to the urinary tract are surgically cut which prevents sperm from being released during sexual intercourse. The procedure is considered the safest and easiest form of surgical sterilization.
A vasectomy is an outpatient procedure, most often done using local anesthesia. A small cut is made through the skin in the front surface of the scrotum. The vas is then brought to skin level, where it is cut or cauterized (burned), then clipped off or tied before being dropped back into the scrotum.
The man is encouraged to lay around for a few days post-procedure. For the first 24 hours after the procedure, he is encouraged to apply an ice pack or package of frozen peas to the scrotum. It is best to wrap the ice pack in a towel and not to apply it directly to the skin.
The man is often allowed to return to work within 3 days, but is told to avoid heavy lifting or exercise for at least 1 week.
The man must continue to use contraception (such as a condom) until an examination of his semen reveals that no sperm are present. Laboratory and microscopic analysis of the semen are done to verify the total lack of sperm.
So when is the best time to schedule a vasectomy?
- When you and your spouse have decided you have all the children you wish to have. The procedure can be reversible in many cases, but should be considered a permanent form of birth control.
- Due to the down time involving mostly laying down, it is important to either have good TV to watch or other quiet activities to hold your interest while recovering. This makes basketball tournament a good time to schedule the procedure.
- Scheduling the procedure on a Thursday or Friday will make it possible to miss the least amount of work.