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No-Scalpel Vasectomy Side Effects

Side effects after no-scalpel vasectomy generally last a short time. Large studies have compared groups of men who both underwent and did not undergo vasectomies. The health consequences show no difference in any medical problems between the two groups, long-term. This helps justify the claim no-scalpel vasectomy is considered a good, safe choice for male sterilization and birth control. However, it is important to know which side-effects are bogus which side effects are possible. There are a small percentage of men who do experience long term no-scalpel side effects. Here is a list of common no-scalpel side-effects, both long-term and short-term.

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Pain, Swelling & Tenderness: A study of over 10,000 men by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development questioned whether common long-term side effects existed for men after vasectomy. It observed only one condition that appeared to be widespread. This side effect, called epididymitis/orchitis has symptoms that include pain, swelling, or tenderness of the epididymis or testis. Epididymitis/orchitis can be easily treated by applying heat to the area.

Sperm Granulomas: Though rare, another possible long-term side effect of no-scalpel vasectomy is sperm granulomas. Sperm granulomas are miniature lumps caused when sperm leaks out from the cut end of the vas deferens after surgery. During the no-scalpel vasectomy, the vas deferens is severed and then cauterized, tied or blocked off to prevent sperm leakage. Some men are able to feel these lumps in the testicles, which sometimes cause pain and inflammation. For severe discomfort, surgery is used to correct this condition.

Post Vasectomy Pain Syndrome (PVPS): Long-term pain and discomfort felt in the testicles and lower pelvic region after vasectomy surgery has an accepted condition called Post Vasectomy Pain Syndrome (PVPS). The cause(s) and solutions are not the same for each man. Some men seek treatment for PVPS with medication, nerve blocks, or psychiatric care to learn how to cope with the pain. Learn more about Post Vasectomy Pain – Causes and Treatments.

Psychological No-Scalpel Vasectomy Side Effects: Sometimes men feel nervous about getting a no scalpel vasectomy since it involves the sexual organs. The fear of no-scalpel vasectomy produced a psychological side effect. Though the fear is largely unfounded by science, it manifests in effecting the ability to maintain an erection, have an orgasm or feel pleasure during sex. Researchers in Australia interviewed over 3000 men post-vasectomy and found that there were no differences in sexual satisfaction between men who had vasectomies and those who had not.

Misleading No-Scalpel Vasectomy Side Effects

Unfortunately, there are also outrageous claims made about side effects from no-scalpel vasectomy, long term and short term. When talking to friends or searching the internet, please be sure to investigate and believe, only trustworthy sources. No-scalpel vasectomy side effects claims range from prostrate cancer to liver dysfunction and rheumatoid arthritis. Here is a short list:

Prostrate Cancer: There is no conclusive evidence suggesting prostate cancer is a long term side effect of no-scalpel vasectomy. These studies found that men who had undergone vasectomy had no higher chance of getting prostate cancer than the average man. A recent study suggested that there may be a slight increase in the chance of developing prostate cancer after vasectomy. This difference does not show up for more than 20 years, and the structure of the study is open to some criticism. Additionally, reputable agencies such as the World Health Organization and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development have concluded that vasectomy (and no-scalpel vasectomy) does not increase the risk of prostate cancer for men.

No-Scalpel Vasectomy and Dementia: There is no evidence to suggest that no-scalpel vasectomy increases the chance of developing dementia. That is, there is no solid evidence that dementia is a no-scalpel side effect.

No Scalpel Vasectomy and Immune-Related Diseases: Bloggers have exchanged hearsay about a no-scalpel side effect that causes immune-related diseases. However, a large study, with many years of follow-up, found no evidence that vasectomy increases the subsequent long-term risk of immune-related diseases, including asthma, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, or rheumatoid arthritis.




Note: Side effects associated with no-scalpel vasectomy and vasectomy are considered the same. This is because no-scalpel vasectomy differentiates itself from conventional vasectomy in the way the vas deferens are accessed. The technique employed by vasectomy doctors to perform that part of the vasectomy has nothing to do with whether they perform “no-scalpel” or “conventional vasectomies”. Thus there is no point differentiating between no-scalpel vasectomy side effects and conventional vasectomy side effects. When considering minimizing the odds of no scalpel side effect s consider that technique and the skill of the surgeon.

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