Male Surgical Contraception - Vasectomy

Male birth control has taken a leap forward with the procedure of isolating the Vas deferens (Vasectomy). A relatively simple surgical procedure preventing sperms from reaching the tract, male vasectomy is generally done with local anesthesia, as an outpatient procedure. However, the surgery has a few side effects ranging from minor to some major ones.

Minor Issues:
  • Discomfort post surgery (cold compress might do the trick of relieving it, any strenuous activity should be avoided)
  • Light swelling and bruising at the spot (cold compress is a remedy)
  • Granulomas (lump/mass formation) and Epididymitis (inflammation), especially for men who may do strenuous jobs immediately afterwards. Cold compress and a combination of anti-inflammatory drugs have been seen to be effective against such complaints.

Major Issues:
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Failure in prevention of pregnancy
  • Increased chances of prostrate cancer
Vasectomy is a minor surgery and does carry slight side effects. But, significantly enough the effects are more psychological regarding “losing one's masculinity.” All it requires is some day's rest and an open mind to take full advantage.
                                                                                                 - Piyush Das (ex-writer, TSS)


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