Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Let's Cut to the Chase....The Big Snip
You would not believe how many people asked me if my husband would get a vasectomy after I got my tubes reversed. What do people think that by just being in the same room he will spontaneously impregnate me? We have lots of running jokes about his super sperm, but really, vasectomy is going way too far. And in case you didn't know, vasectomy is as hard on a man as tubal ligation is for a woman. I won't go into details here, but men have Post Vasectomy Pain Syndrome. It is very real and causes extreme pain and suffering. Oddly enough, when they go to the doctor they are also told that it is "all in their heads". It also changes their hormone levels, and testosterone drops off for the first year. Many will go on to have issues with erectile dysfunction. And half of all men who have a vasectomy never tell others because of feeling embarrassed and ashamed of having it done. So, if you are suffering from PTLS and are encouraging others to avoid tubal ligation, don't imply that their hubby should be the one to get the big snip. Many men are pressured into vasectomy and are told to "man up" or "take one for the team". Reality is our bodies are intricate and incredible. They work best when all of the systems are working and that includes our reproductive organs. Even those of us in long term relationships could do well to learn barrier methods and natural family planning. Don't fix what isn't broke. That's my motto from now on!
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