Motherhood is one of the most rewarding experiences in the world. The pleasure you get from holding soft, chubby infants, hearing them laugh, and watching them smile is life changing.Oh, the joy of changing diapers, sleepless nights, ear-piercing cries, cleaning vomit, breast pumping, and…well, actually, maybe you don’t want to go through this again.
If you and your hubby are satisfied with the number of kids you have, and if popping birth control pills every day isn’t your ideal method of family planning, you should consider a permanent form of contraception.
While tubal ligation is the most common form of sterilization—performed three times more often than vasectomies—hasn’t your body gone through enough trauma? That’s right, it’s time for your guy to grow a pair and get snipped.
Now, most guys won’t volunteer for surgery below the belt, so it may take some convincing. But the facts are on your side: female sterilization has more risks, a longer recovery period, and is more expensive (costing up to $7,000 while a vasectomy costs less than $1,000).
So after you laid out the facts (and put your foot down), what’s next?
WHAT TO EXPECT
Don’t worry, he totally won’t be a wimp about it…yeah, right!
Remind Mr. Macho that a vasectomy is a minor, outpatient procedure that on a scale of 1 to childbirth, the pain is a 0.5.
The procedure is performed at a physician’s office and takes just 20-30 minutes. In fact, he can opt for a no-scalpel vasectomy if sharp objects freak him out. Side effects are relatively minor, such as swelling and soreness.
WHAT TO DO AFTER YOUR GUY GETS SNIPPED
Vasectomy recovery is about two or three days of resting and icing the crotch, and he will definitely try to milk this, so be warned.
Most urologists recommend you wait a week or two before resuming sex, but even then you can’t toss the birth control pills yet. Those pesky sperm can live in a guy’s vas deferens for months after a vasectomy, so it takes about 20 ejaculations (or three months) for the swimmers to clear out.
Then comes the dreaded vasectomy checkup, where semen must be examined to make sure there’s no more live sperm. One-third of guys don’t even bother to go in for the follow-up exam, putting couples at risk for a surprise, post-vasectomy pregnancy.
The good news is your guy doesn’t have to return to the doctor to supply a sample—which is quite awkward for him anyway. He can use SpermCheck Vasectomy, an at-home sperm test kit that monitors sterility status.
Once your man gets the all clear from the test, toss the birth control pills and pour the wine! Welcome to a life of making love without the worry about making babies.