Why men should not fear vasectomy

Today is World Vasectomy Day. But listening to Maina and King’ang’i’s Classic 105 Morning Show yesterday, most men would rather have their wives tubes tied rather than undergo the procedure.

Indeed, it has been established that there few words in the English language that strike more fear in a man’s heart than the term “vasectomy.” Even the bravest of men can’t imagine a scalpel cutting through their most cherished body part.

Some said it was tantamount to being castrated and hence impotence.

Yet, one does not necessarily have to go under a scalpel. Not that it is bad. It is merely is a minor surgical procedure often performed in the doctor’s office, under local anesthetic, and is usually completed within 30 minutes. The urologist clips the vas deferens, the small tube that carries sperm from the man’s testicles to become part of his semen. Although the man continues to have sexual intercourse and climax as before, his semen does not contain sperm.

However, a No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) method — one of several techniques used by surgeons — has grown in popularity with both doctors and patients. The no-scalpel approach is an appealing option for some men who are otherwise uncomfortable with the idea of having their genitals “cut.” During the past few decades, over 15 million no-scalpel vasectomies have been performed with this technique now being used worldwide.

However, it is not for everyone. Because a vasectomy should be considered permanent, it is best suited for men and their partners who enjoy a long-term relationship, and are committed to not having more children now, or in the future.

Common sense suggests, “Older is wiser.” Men under the age of 25 can come to regret the decision made too early in their lives. And regardless of the man’s age, if the female partner is under the age of 25, couples may later become dissatisfied with the choice.

So, there is no really reason to fear. If you did not make it to Kenya National Theatre for the free vasectomy sessions, you can check in at your local doctor for the procedure. It might take time but if you really need it, go for it.

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