When is the ideal time in a man’s life to have a vasectomy? There is no age or situation that qualifies as the ideal time. It is different for each man. It’s a personal and very private decision that is usually made with his partner and after much thought.
When Might A Vasectomy Be Right For You
There are situations in life that can make having a vasectomy an optimal choice. 50 million men in the United States have chosen to have one, but is it right for you?
Perhaps with the following situations:
- You are absolutely certain you do not want any children or any more children.
- It would be unwise for your partner to have children due to her health issues.
- You and/or your partner are carriers for genetic disorders that you don’t want to give your children.
In these instances (and more), a permanent birth control method may be right for you.
When Vasectomy Might Not Be Right For You
Most physicians will recommend that you not jump into a vasectomy shortly after a birth. Give it some time and consider all your options.
If you and your partner are still not sure if you want children or any more children, this would not be a good time to make such a permanent decision.
Life throws us curveballs. You might want to wait a bit longer if you’re not married and you just think children are not in your future. When the right time comes, you could change your mind.
How A Vasectomy Works
In simple terms, a vasectomy closes off the tubes that carry the semen from the testicles. After the surgery, sperm cannot leave the testicles.
It is a short and safe procedure.
- You will only need a day or two to recover.
- You can return to your normal exercise regimen in 7 days.
- You can resume having sex in 2 weeks, but must use a form of birth control until tests confirm no sperm are found in your semen.
You can reverse a vasectomy within 15 years of the procedure, but it is important to know the procedure is not covered by insurance. Don’t have a vasectomy if there is any chance you might want children in the future. Your only other option is to freeze your sperm before the vasectomy.