When you make the decision to choose the route of permanent birth control, you need to research it fully, whether you are a man or a woman. There are options for men and women, through either a vasectomy or a tube ligation. It could be a difficult discussion to have when deciding which of the partners in a relationship will move forward with a permanent birth control solution. In order to make your decision, you need to weigh the pros and cons of both vasectomies and tubal ligation, which we will lay out for you below.

Pros of Vasectomies

A vasectomy is a permanent form of birth control for men that will prevent the release of sperm when a man ejaculates. You still will be able to ejaculate, but there won’t be sperm in the seminal fluid. There are plenty of pros and cons to vasectomies, but one of the biggest pros is that vasectomies are cheaper, faster and safer than tubal ligation. Another pro of a man having a vasectomy is that he can be back to work 24 hours after the surgery is performed. Vasectomies also won’t affect a man’s testosterone levels, which is a common worry for all men considering getting the procedure. This procedure has a 99% success rate and one of the biggest pros of it is that it can be reversed if you choose to do so. Reversals have a 70-90% success rate.

Cons of Vasectomies

While one of the pros is having the ability to reverse your vasectomy, one of the cons of a vasectomy is the cost of the reversal. It can cost up to $10,000 and it usually isn’t covered by insurance, unlike a regular vasectomy. Even worse, a vasectomy reversal is riskier than a vasectomy and leaves a man susceptible to complications. Lastly, a con of a vasectomy is that you experience plenty of swelling, bruising and pain due to the procedure.

Pros of Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation, more commonly known as getting your tubes tied, is the permanent birth control solution for women. Tubal ligation cuts and ties a woman’s fallopian tubes, so that their eggs cannot move from the ovaries to the uterus. The procedure also blocks sperm from ever reaching the egg. One of the pros of this procedure is that it is a safe and tolerated procedure for women. Another upside to the tubal ligation procedure is that you no longer have to worry about using any birth control options, such as pills.

Cons of Tubal Ligation

The main con when comparing a vasectomy to a tubal ligation is that it requires hospitalization and general anesthesia. It’s also a longer surgery. Like vasectomies, you will experience a good amount of pain in the area where the surgery took place. Additional cons of tubal ligation are that there are possible side effects and there is a small failure rate to the procedure. Tubal ligation also will cost you a pretty penny, usually between $5,000 and $8,000.

Vasectomy Procedure in New Jersey

You and your partner will debate and weigh the pros and cons of each possible birth control surgery if you decide that is the best option for your relationship. If you come to the decision for the man to get a vasectomy, you will need the procedure performed by a professional urologist. Ron S. Israeli M.D., PC in Livingston, New Jersey, is an experienced urologist who specializes in vasectomies. He also can provide all services for anything related to urology and associated cancers in men. To learn more about Dr. Ron Israeli or make an appointment, do not hesitate to contact us today.