Choosing to undergo a vasectomy is a serious decision and not one that any man makes lightly. If you are in the process of deciding whether the procedure is right for you, you are probably doing a lot of reading and research to ensure you are fully armed with all the facts before committing.
Through your research, what you have probably found is that the vasectomy procedure has come an incredibly long way. The history of the vasectomy is lengthy and quite interesting. In brief, the first vasectomy ever recorded was in 1823, and was actually conducted on a dog. It was not until the Second World War that the procedure was accepted as a form of contraception for humans – and not until 1974 that the current, minimally invasive technique was developed in China. This ‘Non Scalpel’ method uses an ‘Open Ended’ technique to reduce the risk of post-op discomfort.
There are a number of other advantages to a ‘Non Scalpel Open Ended Vasectomy’ when compared to a conventional vasectomy, such as; the procedure involves fewer complications, patients do not have to have external stitches, recovery time is shorter and the procedure itself is minimally invasive.
For most people, the decision to undergo the procedure is due to its contraceptive benefits. Failure rates for the operation are low, with chances of pregnancy after a vasectomy being roughly one in one thousand. With that said, it must be considered that sperm can remain within each vas deferens and it can take 15-20 ejaculations or a number of months before patients are completely sterile. Semen tests are conducted at regular intervals after a vasectomy procedure to ensure that sperm are no longer present in the ejaculate and that patients can have peace of mind.
The next step after deciding to have a vasectomy is obviously choosing a doctor to do it for you. Dr Mark Elvy has performed almost 4000 Non Scalpel Open Ended Vasectomies in 12 years; he uses proven, evidence-based techniques and is highly regarded in his field.