Is it right for me?

About 500,000 vasectomies are performed every year. A recent US national survey found that 12% of married men between 20 and 39 have had a vasectomy.

The satisfaction rate with the procedure is generally high and the major causes of regret include: making the decision under pressure, a decision to have more children at a later point in life, or complications from the procedure.

A vasectomy should be considered a permanent form of sterilization. Vasectomy reversals are possible and can highly effective but become less successful as the years go on. Also, the operation to reverse a vasectomy is expensive, reversal with restoration of fertility is uncertain, and becomes even less certain the longer after your vasectomy it is done.

Being nervous and having last minute jitters is perfectly normal, but if you have serious doubts or you are not sure, it is better to wait until these issues have been resolved. It's a good idea to talk through your doubts with your wife/partner and your doctor.

The decision to have a vasectomy affects both people in a couple. Therefore to some extent it will naturally be a joint decision. However, at the end of the day, it is something you need to be sure that you want to have done. The men who have been forced into vasectomy often regret the decision. It's a common reason for reversal, and those who have psychological/sexual difficulties after vasectomy are most often the ones forced into having it done.

Compared to procedures women can undergo to become sterile, a vasectomy is cheaper, safer and quicker. Also, some women find coming off of birth control very beneficial. A vasectomy is a way for men to take charge of the family planning decision and the satisfaction rate of the procedure, when done by the right doctor, can be very high.