Every year in the U.S., roughly half a million men get a vasectomy (a medical procedure that blocks the tubes, or vas deferens, that carry sperm). Why then are so many men still afraid of it? If you ask my husband, there are lots of reasons. While he just recently underwent the non-invasive procedure, it took him months to get there. Apart from the sheer busyness of life, he admits that he was nervous about doing it.
As his wife who carried our babies for nine months and then gave days-long birth to both of them, I thought he was being a tad dramatic. The whole procedure took him less than 30 minutes. (Fine, I’m jealous, OK?) But he’s not alone. “A lot of men just don’t show up to their appointments,” says Dr. Jonathan A. Wu, MD, a urology specialist who works for Kaiser Permanente in Orange County, California.
That’s right, men will make the appointments and then just not show up out of sheer fear. So, why don’t we clear some things up? Here are the most common fears men have about getting a vasectomy that, in reality, don’t add up. Plus, we have some tips on how to make the process that much less intimidating.