Is a Vasectomy a good form of birth control?


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A vasectomy is definitely a good form of birth control in terms of pregnancy as a subsequent occurrence. Its effectiveness rivals all other forms of contraception. A vasectomy should not be considered contraception like any other though as it does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. It is also less like controlling fertility, in the way that the contraceptive pill does, and is more a form of sterilisation.

If you are looking for a short-term method of birth control or are not considering that there may be changes to your circumstances in the future, this procedure is probably not right for you. If you definitely are determined and sure that you will not regret having a vasectomy, then the surgery along with combined methods of contraception, for example condoms, has proven to be extremely effective at preventing pregnancy.

The decision to use a vasectomy as a form of long-term birth control is not something which should be taken lightly. The majority of people who turn to a vasectomy reversal did not anticipate how much their situation would change. Even if you are not willing to believe that it could happen, you must at least consider the effect it would have on you should you get divorced or separate from your partner or lose contact with any children you have. If you have doubts as to whether you would want children in the future there are things you can do to prepare for this such as ‘sperm banking’.

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