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how effective is a vasectomy as birth control ?

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Dr. Jumnah Thanapathy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 46 years experience
Very: It is more than 99% effective. Failure rate is about 1 to 2 in a 1000.
Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Effective : If successful, a vasectomy will prevent delivery of sperm through the ejaculate so that ability to inseminate an egg is very unlikely. This procedure is 99.9 % effective. You should have no noticeable changes in sensation or ejaculation.
Dr. Rolando Rivera
Urology 25 years experience
Very effective: Vasectomies should be more than 99% effective in providing birth control. Patients should be encouraged and instructed to check post vasectomy semen analyses to ensure success of procedure.
Dr. James Lin
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Up to 99.85%...: Its effectiveness for birth control is up to 99.85 % although post-vasectomy re-canalization rate up to 1-5%.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

When is a normal time to start having sex again after giving birth?

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Dr. Richard Godt
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
6 weeks: For many years obs have always said 6 weeks. I would imagine most patients do not wait that long. With an episiotomy, we feel 6 weeks are needed for complete healing. Without an episiotomy there is no need to wait 6 weeks. The uterus takes about 6 weeks to return to normal size but this should not be a factor. With a cesarean certainly 6 weeks makes sense. In short, i would suggest 6 weeks.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Is the vasectomy effective birth control right away?

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Dr. Craig Keathley
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
No: There is a delay until vasectomy can be relied upon. Your partner will need to have a follow up semen analysis to confirm the absence of sperm.
A 34-year-old member asked:

How soon after giving birth can one get a tubal ligation?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
Not until after the : 6 week check up to make sure evertything is normal I do in office tubal steri. Starting at 8 weeks post partum, in my office by the adiana or essure method, it is easy takes 5 minutes, no cutting and I have a contract with almost all the insurnaces to do it in my office and often times just a small offcie co-pay for the pt like $30, if you doc doesn't do these u may want to find one who can.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is detrol (tolterodine) used for bladder control?

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Dr. Scott Beard
Urogynecology 25 years experience
Yes: Related to urge problems.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can anybody tell me how well the rhythm method works as a birth control?

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Dr. Timothy Brown
Obstetrics and Gynecology 44 years experience
Not very reliable: Using the rhythm method effectively depends upon absolutely regular and predictable cycles (not common) and considerable self-discipline. Since your sexual desire or libido increases when you are most fertile and this is exactly the time you have to avoid with the rhythm method, it tends not to work out well.

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