It is pretty easy for most couples to decide when they are ready to stop adding to their family. The problem is often deciding what method of birth control to use. Many forms designed for women use hormones to prevent pregnancy, something that can have long-term health consequences. Tubal ligation is a permanent option for women, but it is statistically more likely to have problems than a vasectomy. Although rare, it can lead to post-menopausal symptoms, even in young women and there is a larger risk of infection than with a vasectomy. Tubal ligation requires the patient be under general anesthesia and the discomfort during recovery is often significant.
Granted, no procedure is without risk, but the lower risk and easier recovery of having a vasectomy makes it a sensible choice. Plus, for women who have had several hard pregnancies or labor, it is a generous suggestion for the man to take on the responsibility for preventing an unplanned pregnancy.
The main decision-maker for many couples may just be the financial aspect. Men will need only a couple of days of light-duty recovery following their procedure, while women may require a week or more. A tubal ligation will cost at least 5-7 times as much as a vasectomy and follow-up appointments may increase that amount even more.
Regardless of the pros and cons, couples need to make the choice for themselves. To learn more about the benefits of choosing a vasectomy, contact us. Our staff can answer any questions and arrange consultations.