Vasectomy vs. Other Birth Control – A Snip In a Snap
October 16, 2018
When you’re considering a vasectomy it’s natural to have doubts and worries. You are considering a very permanent procedure so it’s natural to be hesitant. That much is to be expected, and it’s likely evident from your recent Google searches, which are now front-loaded with terms including epididymitis after vasectomy, enlarged epididymitis after vasectomy, and epididymitis vasectomy. Somewhere through the wormhole that is the internet, after entering a world far more overwhelming than it was when you opened your laptop, you find yourself questioning things and frantically searching things such as, are kidney stones hereditary? And what are the pros and cons of IUD birth control and how do they compare to that of a vasectomy?
But relax — the Austin Urology Institute features a team with the best urologists in Austin, Texas, including renowned and respected Dr. Shaw, the leading urology expert in Central Texas.
But first, before you hop in your Buick and speed over to see Dr. Shaw, let’s take a look at some stats to help you get 100% informed about your decision to choose a vasectomy as your best birth control option.
A vasectomy is one of the most effective birth control methods out there with minimal risks. Performed in the office in a 15-minute procedure with very little recovery time, it’s literally a snip in a snap. Plus, you’ll win points with your partner—she won’t have to deal with the side effects, risk factors or trying to remember to do something exactly on time to keep the other birth control options effective.
A vasectomy has a 0.15% failure rate!
It’s simple. It’s quick. It’s non-invasive. You’ll be back to your badass karate, bull-riding lifestyle in no time. There are no side effects from hormones, no major risk factors, no remembering to “do” something, no ruining the moment and the cost is minimal compared to other methods. Also—nothing changes other than the worry of an accident. Vasectomies have no influence on testosterone or sexual function. After approximately two months post procedure, you’re good to go and prior birth control methods can be tossed along with concern of an unexpected situation.
Failure Rates of Birth Control Methods:
- No Method: 85% failure rate
- Withdrawal: 22% failure rate
- Male Condom: 18% failure rate
- Pills/Patches/Rings: 9% failure rate
- Intrauterine Device (IUD): 0.2-0.8% failure rate
- Morning After Pill (Plan B): 12-40% failure rate
- Depo Provera Injection: 6% failure rate
- Hormonal Implant 0.05% failure rate
- Fertility Awareness 25% failure rate
- Spermicide: 28% failure rate
- Cervical Cap: 12%+ failure rate
- Female Condom: 21% failure rate
- Diaphragm: 12% failure rate
- Sponge: 20-40% failure rate
- Tubal Ligation: 0.15% failure rate
- Vasectomy: 0.15% failure rate
(Failure rate percentages based off the “average user.”)
If that plan in place is to prevent having yet another miniature you, some of the statistics above can not only be mind-boggling but quite concerning. With Dr. Shaw and his talented team of urologists in Austin, Texas, you’ll be at ease and in the best hands possible.
It’s quite clear that a vasectomy is far-and-away the most dependable journey to travel, and planning yours is as simple as one quick call to the professionals at the Austin Urology Institute at (512) 694-8888.