Last week saw the marking of an uncommon event that left our African tongues wagging. November 18th was World Vasectomy day, a day geared in creating vasectomy awareness and promoting a conversation around this taboo topic. Most men came out blazing with reasons as to why they would never even think of going through this procedure and the Women too were split on whether or not they would want their men to undergo the snip. It was clear though that most reasoning was heavily banked on myths and hear say. Vasectomy is a huge decision that doctors recommend as a permanent way of family planning although reversal is possible. So before you sink that weight, here are five myths about vasectomy and the truths behind them.
Myth: Vasectomy affects Libido
Many men worry that a vasectomy will reduce their levels of testosterone and mess with their libido or affect their performance. It won’t. A vasectomy only blocks the ability to impregnate. It has no effect on libido, the ability to get or maintain an erection, or any other aspect of sexual performance.
Myth: You Won’t Be Able to Ejaculate
If you could ejaculate before your vasectomy, you’ll ejaculate after your vasectomy. semen is made in the seminal vesicles and the prostate gland. These are not affected by a vasectomy. Sperm make up only 2 to 5 per cent of the ejaculate so you will not be able to notice any difference in the volume of your ejaculate.In fact, there’s no noticeable change,in what it looks like, what it smells like, what it tastes like.
Myth: Vasectomy is the same as Castration
A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that seeks to effectively cut off the transport highway for sperm to reach the prostate and prevents the ejaculate from containing any sperm. All other functions of the testicles remain intact and unaffected. Castration however is where the testicles are completely removed from the body, which not only stops sperm production and inclusion into the ejaculate, but also removes the majority of testosterone production. You no longer have the organ that makes sperm or the hormone testosterone.
Myth: Causes Prostate Cancer
Sperm production has nothing to do with prostate cancer development. The reason why most people would want to relate these two is simply the fact that for anyone to go through vasectomy,they have to go through various thorough screening to establish their medical condition and so prostate cancer or any other screenable ailment would be picked at this stage as compared to a person who has never gone to hospital for screening (whether for vasectomy or otherwise.)
Myth: Vasectomy makes one Completely infertile
That depends on a lot of things. The longer it’s been since the vasectomy, the lower the chances of a successful reversal but the bottom truth remains that vasectomy can be reversed and fertility regained.
Let our arguments on whether or not to embrace vasectomy be on an informed angle rather than an emotional outburst driven by psychological or social fear.
AUTHOR: NJOKI NGACHANJA