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THINKING ABOUT HAVING A VASECTOMY? A GREAT
OPTION FOR MEN WHO HAVE COMPLETED THEIR FAMILY,
HERE'S THE LOWDOWN ON THIS AND THE ALTERNATIVES
en who have had their family
or have decided not to have
children need to think
about contraception. While
traditionally it's been down
to women to worry about
this, men can also take
responsibility. There are currently two effective
methods for men: condoms and a vasectomy.
Condoms act as a barrier and are a cheap and
effective method - if used regularly and properly.
A vasectomy is more drastic, but only has to be
done once. Although the snip sounds frightening,
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it's actually a small operation that doesn't usually
even require stitches. This is called the no-scalpel
technique. If this method can't be used, then one
or two small incisions will be made in the scrotum.
The tubes that carry sperm from the testes to the
penis are then cut and the ends closed with stitches,
or heat sealed. This prevents sperm getting into the
semen, so it's no longer baby-making material.
A vasectomy can be performed under a local or
general anaesthetic and takes around 15 minutes
to complete. It can, in theory, be reversed, but
this isn't always successful - so men need to be
absolutely sure about it before they commit.