Vasectomy in Panama
A woman can get pregnant if a man’s sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart or by stopping egg production. One method of contraception is vasectomy (male sterilisation).
During a minor operation, the tubes that carry sperm from a man's testicles to the penis are cut, blocked or sealed.
This prevents sperm from reaching the seminal fluid (semen), which is ejaculated from the penis during sex. There will be no sperm in the semen, so a woman's egg can't be fertilised. Vasectomy is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, and takes about 15 minutes.
Facts about vasectomy in Panama
- In most cases, vasectomy is more than 99% effective. Out of 2,000 men who are sterilised, one will get a woman pregnant during the rest of his lifetime.
- Male sterilisation is considered permanent – once it's done, you don't have to think about contraception again.
- You need to use contraception for at least eight weeks after the operation, because sperm stay in the tubes leading to the penis.
- Up to two semen tests are done after the operation, to ensure that all the sperm have gone.
- Your scrotum may become bruised, swollen or painful – some men have ongoing pain in their testicles.
- As with any surgery, there's a slight risk of infection.
- Reversing the operation isn't easy.
- Vasectomy doesn't protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs). By using a condom, you’ll protect yourself and your partner against STIs.
How vasectomy works
Vasectomy works by stopping sperm from getting into a man’s semen. This means that when a man ejaculates, the semen has no sperm and a woman’s egg cannot be fertilised.
Vasectomy Reversal in Panama
It is possible to have a vasectomy reversed. However, the procedure is not always successful. You have a better chance if it is done soon after the vasectomy.
If a reversal is carried out within 10 years of your vasectomy, the success rate is about 55%. This falls to 25% if your reversal is carried out more than 10 years after your vasectomy.
Even if a surgeon manages to join up the vas deferens tubes again, pregnancy may still not be possible. This is why you should be certain before going ahead with the vasectomy. Your doctor can help you to make your decision.