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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Think You're Safe After a Vasectomy? Think Again!

What is a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a form of male sterilization to prevent pregnancy. The operation involves surgically cutting or blocking the tubes that release sperm which can cause pregnancy. It most cases, it is considered permanent, but is it 100 percent effective? No.

Vasectomies are NOT 100 percent effective

A vasectomy is about 99.85 percent effective in preventing pregnancy. This means that about two out of every 1000 women will get pregnant even after a vasectomy. Why?

Vasectomies do not produce immediate birth control

A vasectomy takes time to be effective. According to information from Planned Parenthood, after a vasectomy, sperm can remain beyond the blocked tubes. Other forms of birth control need to be used for about three months following a vasectomy until the sperm are gone. Many unplanned pregnancies occur by not using additional birth control during this time.

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