Vasectomy is an effective method of birth control done in men. In vasectomy, a part of vas deferens, which is the small tube that caries sperm from testicles, gets surgically removed. When this is done, sperms become absent during the time of ejaculation. The man is thus made sterile. Vasectomy does not result in impotency, as the production of sex hormones remains undisturbed. Sexual drive also is not affected. This is a popular method of birth control since it is less costly and involves fewer complications.
As in the case of all other scientific birth control methods, there are certain myths that envelop vasectomy as well. People tend to equate vasectomy with castration, which is the removal of testicles. Due to this misconception, they think that vasectomy will affect their masculinity adversely. There is absolutely no need of fear while undergoing vasectomy. Conventional vasectomy, No scalpel vasectomy and Percutaneous vasectomy are the three surgical methods by which the tube gets removed.
In the conventional technique of vasectomy, a small and appropriate cut is made on skin and through this opening a segment of the vas gets removed. Using a clip or a synthetic thread the cut ends are then tied.
Both no scalpel vasectomy and Percutaneous vasectomy owes its origin to the Chinese. In no scalpel vasectomy, no blade is required and therefore no scar is left. With the help of two tiny skin punctures the work is done.
In Percutaneous vasectomy, a chemical mixture that contains phenol and cyanoacrylate artificially blocks the vas. The subjected man is asked to pass urine after the surgery and the colour of the urine determines its success.
Vasectomy involves only a minor surgery and the operated man can leave the hospital on the day of operation itself. Anti-anxiety medicine is given about an hour before the surgery. This will effectively bring down his level of stress and he will be more co-operative. The time required for surgery will be less than twenty minutes.