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Should you get a vasectomy after Roe decision? Doctors explain how it works

Kynala Phillips, The Kansas City Star on

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Otherwise, patients typically walk out of the doctor’s office in less than an hour and can manage any pain that follows with ice and ibuprofen.

How long does a vasectomy procedure take?

The procedure takes about 30 minute.

What are the risks?

Like any other procedure, there are some risks. But overall, the doctors said vasectomies are very safe. There is a 1-2% chance of infection or chronic pain after a vasectomy, according to the American Urological Association.

And there is a 1 in 2,000 chance that the vasectomy fails or the sperm duct reconnects itself. However, the procedure is still more than 99% effective against pregnancy.


What’s the recovery time after the procedure?

Recovering from a vasectomy should be a fairly smooth process. Both Nangia and Hettinger tell their patients to take it easy for up to two weeks. Most activity can resume as normal as soon as two days after, but it’s important for patients to ice any pain, avoid sex and avoid strenuous activities.

“Then when they feel okay [or] they’re not focus[ed] on anything hurting down there, they can resume protected intercourse or activities, sporting, work-related or otherwise,” Dr. Nangia said. “They don’t have to be off work, they may have to limit some of their work, especially depending on what career [they have].”

When can you have sex again after a vasectomy? Are you sterile right away?


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