The risks of undergoing a male surgical procedure called a vasectomy are well documented. However, the benefits may be even more substantial than you think. Vasectomy is one of the most effective forms of birth control available, and having it done the right way can reduce the risk of pregnancy.

But if you’re considering getting a vasectomy, there are some things you should ask yourself first. By doing that, you’ll ensure that the procedure goes as smoothly as possible and that you don’t end up with a scar that could future-proof you against further vasectomy complications.

What is Vasectomy Infection?

Vasectomy infection (also called post-vasectomy infection) is an infection that occurs after the male reproductive system is sterilized with a vasectomy. While the infection rate after vasectomy is higher than the average infection rate of the body, it’s still managed by medical care and treated with antibiotics. The infection rate is higher for younger men, who are more likely to have increased body temperature, as well as for those with a history of sexually transmitted infections.

How Common is Vasectomy Infection?

Vasectomy infection occurs in around 1 in every 500 to 1,000 male reproductive-age individuals worldwide who have had the procedure. Additionally, 1 in 50,000 people develop a perforated infection after a vasectomy. That’s not the highest infection rate in the world, but it’s certainly higher than the average. What’s more, the biggest risk factor for developing a septic episode is a long-standing medical condition like diabetes mellitus, an infection-prone organ such as the stomach or intestines, or a medication like antibiotics.

Other Common Vasectomy Complications

The two other most common complications following vasectomy are local bleeding and infection. Both occur in about 1 in 3000 men, and they can be prevented with good surgical technique. If local bleeding or infection occurs, it’s usually a sign that another problem, like a blockage or an abscess, is present. Bleeding after vasectomy is usually minor, but it can become a problem if it’s not treated. Localized and prolonged (longer than 6 hours) bleeds are redness, pain, and bruising.

Bottom Line

Having a vasectomy is a major decision that affects your entire life. The risks of complications are well documented, and having them has proven to be an incredibly effective form of birth control. There are ways to minimize the risks and ensure that your vasectomy goes as smoothly as possible, but at the same time, you shouldn’t overthink it. If you have any questions or concerns about your procedure, don’t hesitate to ask. Good communication and a clear understanding of your individual circumstances are key to a successful surgery.

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