A vasectomy is a permanent method of birth control that prevents the release of sperm from a man when he ejaculates. This is possible because during the vasectomy procedure, the vas deferens from each testicle are clamped, cut and sealed to prevent sperm from mixing with the semen that is ejaculated. As a result, this is a birth control method because an egg cannot be fertilized if there is no sperm in the semen. There are many myths and rumors that surround having a vasectomy because it is a big decision for men, and below we crack all of those common myths.
Myth #1: It Will Lower Testosterone Levels
The testicle does in fact produce both the sperm and testosterone. But, it is a myth that a vasectomy will lower testosterone levels, because the testicle makes the testosterone and then transports it through the bloodstream. Since the vas deferens do not control that process, your testosterone levels will not go down as a result of this procedure.
Myth #2: It Will Prevent You From Ejaculation
First things first, if you were able to ejaculate before you had your vasectomy, then you will still be able to do so after your vasectomy. The fluid that is ejaculated, also known as semen, is actually made in the prostate and the seminal vesicles, so production will continue after the vasectomy. The amount of fluid that contains sperm is about 1% of the whole ejaculation. Additionally, the muscle contractions that are required for ejaculation are not affected at all by having a vasectomy.
Myth #3: It Can Cause Prostate Cancer
This myth was started in medical literature years ago that stated there was a link between men who had a vasectomy and those who developed prostate cancer later in life. No only was this proved to be false, but the entire basis of the claim did not make sense to many people in the medical field. Prostate cancer and vasectomies have no correlation, other than that men who get vasectomies are more likely to be screened more often for prostate cancer.
Myth #4: It’s Easier to Get Tubes Tied
Many men want to believe this myth because it would mean they don’t have to go through any sort of birth control surgery, but it is actually a myth. Vasectomies are definitely easier than tubal ligation in the United States. Tubal ligation is done under general or epidural anesthesia and it takes much longer than a vasectomy does. There is also a higher complication rate with getting your tubes tied than a vasectomy.
Myth #5: It Stops Sperm Production
Production of sperm does not stop due to a vasectomy; it just blocks the sperm production. You will continue to make sperm it is just blocked and has nowhere to go. Sperm only lives for about 3 to 5 days and if you don’t ejaculate during that time the sperm dies and will then be replaced by more. After a vasectomy, your sperm will go through a constant cycle of production or birth and then decay or death. That is why a vasectomy reversal is a thing if you ever end up choosing to do so.
Vasectomy Procedure in NJ
Deciding to have a vasectomy is a difficult decision for any man or couple, because it means you don’t want to reproduce anymore, or at least for the time being. If you do decide to get a vasectomy procedure done and live in New Jersey, there is no one better than Dr. Ron Israeli in Livingston, NJ. To schedule your vasectomy, or learn more about our services, contact Dr. Ron today!