VASECTOMY

Vasectomy is a contraceptive method that involves a minor surgery carried out to block sperm from reaching the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. Semen devoid of sperm cells would definitely not get a woman pregnant.

The procedure involves cutting or blockage of the tubes (vas deferens) in the scrotum that carry sperm, so sperm cannot leave the body and allow pregnancy(conception) to occur.

MYTHS AND FACTS

MYTH: Vasectomy cannot be reversed.

FACT: Vasectomy reversal is a surgery done to reverse vasectomy. However, it is not easy and does not always work.

MYTH: Vasectomy reduces sex drive.

FACT: Vasectomy does not reduce sex drive as it does not alter the hormone(testosterone) that is responsible for a man's sex drive. The procedure blocks sperm but does not reduce the amount of semen that is beingg ejaculated.

MYTH: Vasectomy causes a buildup of sperm.

FACT: No, through a natural body process, sperm that is being produced is absorbed.

MYTH: Vasectomy increases the risk of prostatecancer.

FACT: No, there is no link found between vasectomy and prostrate cancer

MYTH: Vasectomy is 100% effective right away

FACT: No, about 10 to 20 ejaculations over several weeks may be required before the semen can be free of sperm. Usually, a semen analysis is carried out to ensure that the semen is devoid of sperm.

 

 By ALONGE BOLADE YETUNDE

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