Why it's doneBy Mayo Clinic staff
Vasectomy is a safe and effective birth control choice for men who are certain they don't want to father a child.
- Vasectomy is nearly 100 percent effective in preventing pregnancy.
- Vasectomy is an outpatient surgery with a low risk of complications or side effects.
- The cost of a vasectomy is far less than the cost of female sterilization (tubal ligation) or the long-term cost of birth control medications for women.
- You won't need to take birth control steps before sex, such as putting on a condom.
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