What To Know About Getting A Vascetomy

Whether you are done with having children or don't want any at all, there are a variety of methods that can prevent pregnancy. One very effective way to prevent pregnancy is through a vasectomy. A vasectomy is a type of sterilization procedure that involves blocking or cutting the vas deferens tube which keeps sperm out of the semen thus preventing pregnancy. This method is nearly 100% effective at preventing pregnancy and is also meant to be permanent. Here are three things to know about vasectomies. 

The Cost

One of the first things that you will want to consider when it comes to this elective procedure is the cost. Costs can vary depending on whether you have health insurance. It's an outpatient procedure, and without insurance, it typically ranges in price from $250 to $1,000. Around 70% of health insurance plans cover vasectomies. There are two types of vasectomies to choose from. The incision method, which is the traditional method, involves making a small incision into the scrotum in order to cut the vas deferens tubes. The other type of vasectomy is one that involves no-scalpel and clipping the vas deferens tube instead of cutting it. 

Recovery Time

Another thing that you will want to consider before getting this procedure is the recovery time. How long it takes you to recover will depend on your overall health, age, and how well you follow your aftercare instructions. You will want to ice your scrotum multiple times a day after the procedure. You will also need to avoid lifting objects over 10 pounds, exercising, and having sex until you are healed. For most men, the full recovery time is between eight and nine days. You may also need to take time away from work and other activities in order to heal.

Reversal Is Possible

While many go into a vasectomy thinking that it's the right option, a small minority do regret their decision. Reversal is possible, but the procedure is not always successful and can be very expensive. Pregnancy rates after a vasectomy reversal range from 30% to 90%. Costs can vary widely depending on your particular situation, where you live, and the doctor performing the procedure. A reversal typically ranges in price between $4,629 and $6,264.

If you are considering a vasectomy, there are a few things that you should know. First, costs can vary, but most insurance policies do cover at least a portion of the procedure. Full recovery is usually between eight and nine days. If for some reason you regret the procedure, a reversal is possible, but it is pricey and not always effective.