In recent years, vasectomy has experienced a steady growth in its popularity amongst those seeking permanent contraception. This trend suggests that more and more people are recognizing the overall convenience, safety and reliability of this procedure. Now, with the introduction of the No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV) and no needle technique, this procedure has become even more simple.
NSV was developed in China in 1974 by Dr. Li Shunqiang. By 1985, an international team made up of members from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Access to Voluntary and Safe Contraception (AVSC), formerly the Association for Voluntary Surgical Contraception, were visiting China to study alternative vasectomy procedures, including NSV.
In 1988, after careful observation and review of the NSV procedure, they decided to introduce the technique to North America.
Since then, over 1,000,000 No-Scalpel vasectomies have been performed in North America and nearly 20,000,000 in China, and the numbers around the world are growing.
Why You Should Consider NSV
NSV is a simple, gentle and elegant office procedure that many studies show has significant advantages over conventional vasectomy. NSV is comparatively faster, has a swifter recovery time, safer (one-eighth the rate of bleeding and infection) and can be virtually pain-free.
With a conventional vasectomy procedure, a doctor would make two incisions, one on each side of the scrotum, perform the procedure, and then stitch up the incisions. The stitches would then have to be removed about a week later.
With this new approach there is no knife, no cutting incision, no stitches and no-needle. Men who have undergone NSV express amazement at the minimal physical discomfort they experienced both during the procedure and during recovery.
Men who were previously not considering vasectomy because they feared the scalpel can now feel comfortable, relaxed and confident with this simple procedure.
Choosing to have a vasectomy is a serious decision because it is carried out with the intention of creating permanent sterility.
Notwithstanding this, our experience with patients over the years has shown that a significant numbers of men who opt for a vasectomy later change their minds about their desire to have children within a number of years after their vasectomy is done.
Reasons for this include death of a spouse, death of a child, divorce, separation or just changing their minds. That is why we encourage everyone to consider sperm storage. Sperm can be cryogenically frozen and preserved for years, which provides an insurance policy for the future. No one ever thinks that they will be the one to change their mind, but it would be wise to consider the possibility.
Currently we refer our vasectomy clients to the Edmonton Fertility Centre for sperm storage. You can contact them directly at 780-735-5609.
Some personal circumstances that men need to carefully consider before choosing to have a vasectomy:
- Age – Are you young and have no children?
- Personal Stress – Do you think you might be making a hasty decision at a stressful time?
- External Pressure – Do you feel pressured into the decision by someone or by circumstances?
- Relationship Stability – Do you frequently question the stability of your relationship?
Permanent contraception will not likely help you resolve problems you experience in any of these areas.
If you have decided that no matter what the future brings you will not want any more children, then vasectomy is a very reasonable consideration for you.
Edmonton’s Premium Vasectomy Service
To arrange for your no-scalpel vasectomy you can register directly now, or you can call Dr. Lohlun’s main telephone number, (780) 469-5299, for an appointment. The basic NSV procedure is fully covered by Alberta Health Care.
We recommend using our online registration form in order to save some paperwork later, if you have a few minutes now to do so.
For men coming from outiside of Edmonton, we can offer a single visit procedure – where your consultation will be done by phone so that you will only travel to our clinic for the procedure itself – and with our Premium Services Package you can also have all follow-up done by phone as well. The Premium Services Package is an optional non-insured service recommend for all clients for greater personalized services and enhanced convenience. Please contact our office for details, or see more info on the Vasectomy Fees page.