Everything about vasectomy

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 18 Nov, 2022 18:11 | 2 mins read
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A vasectomy is a form of contraception for men who decide not to have more children in the future.

The cost of the procedure varies depending on factors such as the type of vasectomy one is opting for, the availability of the type of the procedure, the type of hospital one chooses for the procedure and the type of insurance cover one is using for the procedure.

Price ranges for the procedure may start as low as Ksh15,000 to as high as Ksh150,000.

The procedure usually takes between 10-30 minutes depending on the type of vasectomy one opts for. While the procedure takes such little time, the healing process takes a week to heal depending on one's body and the type as well.

About the process

There are two ways to undergo vasectomy: conventional and no scalpel.

In a conventional vasectomy, small cuts are made on each side of the scrotum to reach the vas deferens (a tube conveying sperm from the testicles). The vas deferens is later tied or sealed to prevent sperm from reaching the vagina.

The no-scalpel method is the most preferred method since it is considered safer and less painful.

In the procedure, a small, single punch is made in the skin of the scrotum with special instruments

Who can have a vasectomy

Any man can have a vasectomy provided they undergo appropriate counselling prior to the procedure.

Counselling helps debunk myths and misconceptions surrounding the topic. It also helps one revisit their decisions to be sure so that they do not regret their choices later in life.

They should also ensure that they understand the procedure before booking an appointment.

Myths and misconceptions

Understanding and differentiating some of the myths and misconceptions from the truth is important to help one make informed decisions as well as understand how the procedure works.

Below are some of the myths

A Vasectomy involves removal of testicles- Testicles remain in place after a vasectomy since the procedure only blocks the tubes carrying sperm from the testicles.

A Vasectomy decreases sex drive- The procedure does not interfere with sex drive.

A Vasectomy affects sexual function-The procedure does not affect a man's sexual function, the erection remains as hard and lasts as long as before, and the man also ejaculates the same as before.

Vasectomy causes diseases later in life- The procedure does not cause diseases.

A vasectomy prevents transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), HIV/Aids - The procedure does not stop one from contracting/transmitting the diseases

Men who undergo vasectomy become weak, less masculine, fat- The procedure does not make men grow fat, become less masculine, less productive and not weak.