Debunking Myths about Vasectomy

Deciding to move forward with a vasectomy procedure is a very personal choice but one that is often associated with a lot of myths. Below you will find just some of the many myths and truths about this procedure so you can be informed and decide for yourself if it’s right. 

Myth: Vasectomy is 100% effective right away.

Truth: Vasectomies are almost 100% effective at preventing pregnancy — but not right away. It takes about 3 months for your semen to become sperm-free.

Myth: Vasectomies are permanent 

Truth: Vasectomies are reversible if the male elects the reversal procedure. 

Vasectomy reversal is a procedure in which reconstructive sperm duct microsurgery is employed with the goal of returning sperm to the ejaculate. Two procedures may be performed in a vasectomy reversal: a straightforward reversal called a vasovasostomy (VV) or procedure that involves connecting the vas deferens to the ducts closer to the testicle (epididymis) called an epididymovasostomy (EV). The choice of procedure is dependent upon the nature and length of time of the obstruction, the quality of the testis, and the quality of the intravascular fluid. The process begins with a patient history and physical examination, which will provide some indication of the required procedure; however, the determining information is provided by an examination of the vasal fluid. Success of the vasectomy reversal depends on several factors including the required procedure (vasovasostomy vs. epididymovasostomy), the length of time of the obstruction, as well as the post-operative healing.

Myth: Vasectomy is a risky surgery

Truth: There are different techniques in performing a vasectomy. The traditional method uses a scalpel and the modern method which is called the “no scalpel vasectomy”. Both the traditional method and the no-scalpel technique are safe and effective in experienced hands. Urologists usually take advanced training to learn the no scalpel procedure. Most physicians at Michigan Institute of  Urology utilize the “no-scalpel vasectomy” approach exclusively since this minimally invasive procedure allows for a quick recovery and minimal discomfort.


Myth: You’ll lose sexual function.

Truth: A vasectomy shouldn’t have any impact on your sexual performance, sex drive, ejaculation, or erectile function. You’ll be able to have protected sex after the surgical site heals. This typically takes one or two weeks after the procedure.

The Michigan Institute of Urology is one of the longest-standing and largest sub-specialty Urology practices in the State of Michigan, we are dedicated to providing our patients the most up-to-date, state-of-the-art urologic care. Our specialists have been recruited from the most sophisticated university centers in the United States and are available at all of our 22 office locations. Our administrative staff follows strict guidelines to ensure the most cost-effective medical care is provided. Michigan Institute of Urology, P.C., is compromised of 46 General and Fellowship Trained Urologists with a complement of compassionate, caring Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Medical Assistants, and Ancillary Personnel.


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