Vasectomies and basketball—what’s the connection?By: Marc Pliskin
In March, the media often makes a connection between March Madness and vasectomies. Why? Well, men who are considering a vasectomy often schedule it around the tournament so that they have a built-in excuse to stay home and watch. If you really need a reason for timing, maybe it’s not such a bad idea.
• Most men tolerate the procedure very well, with only minimal discomfort for a few days.
• It does not affect sexual functions or sensations or visibly change the semen.
• Through two tiny incisions a small section of the vas deferens (the tube that carries sperm) is removed.
A vasectomy should be considered a permanent decision. Although a reversal is sometimes possible, it’s effectiveness cannot be guaranteed.
One important reminder to all men is to schedule a follow-up visit with your urologist a few weeks after the procedure to ensure it was successful. While vasectomies are highly effective, you should use birth control until your physician determines you are completely sterile.
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