You may (or may not) be surprised, but I get a lot of reader emails asking me if I know a good referral for a vasectomy for all the husbands/boyfriends/babydaddys in Northern Virginia. While I haven't personally experienced a vasectomy, I can always find someone who's willing to be an expert in the category! I chatted with local experts, Dr. Shane Geib and Dr. Marc Richman of Obsidian Men's Health, for a little Vasectomy Q&A.
How effective is it?
No form of pregnancy control is 100 percent reliable (outside of abstinence, of course, which is presumably not a notion you’re considering), but vasectomy comes close. The generally accepted failure rate according to the latest literature is roughly 1 in every 500 procedures, but the board-certified urologists at Obsidian Men’s Health — all of whom have performed at least 4,000 vasectomies — boast a rate of 1 in 1,000, or twice as good.
What about pain and recovery time?
The urologists at Obsidian Men’s Health are masters of the no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy, and many of our clients report no pain whatsoever, either during the procedure or after. Our comfortable recovery room (luxe robes and slippers, Netflix, cappuccino, premium spirits) makes for an inviting post-op way station. If you splurge on an “Obsidian Experience” vasectomy, meanwhile, all the benefits of an Obsidian procedure come complete with a night for two at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, where recuperation includes late checkout, lounge and club access, a fitness center, day spa, sauna and steam room. Once home, most men can resume work and all normal physical activity — including sex — after 48 hours.
What are the most common complications, and how likely are they?
Complications from vasectomies are extraordinarily rare; they range from bleeding, minor infections and testicular pain to scrotal cysts and — in a literal example of a one-in-a-million occurrence — loss of a testicle due to severe infection or disruption of blood flow. Again, though, even the mildest complications are extremely
What effect is it likely to have on our sex life?
One reason vasectomy is so popular is that it has absolutely no effect on a man’s sex drive, erection, orgasm or
ejaculation. Many of Obsidian’s clients and their partners, in fact, report an improved sex life post-vasectomy thanks to the relief of freedom from worry about an undesired pregnancy.
Interested in more information? Get in touch with Obsidian or visit www.obsidianmenshealth.com.
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