The medical consequences of vasectomy

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Vasectomy is a widely used form of contraception worldwide. The data indicates that vasectomy is a safe procedure in terms of both general and sexual health. Studies reporting an increased risk of prostatic cancer are open to methodological criticisms and further research is required to resolve this important issue. Vasectomy reversal is sought by ~4% of men as a result of new relationships, the death of children or a change of heart. About one quarter of these couples will not achieve a natural pregnancy due to surgical difficulties and/or poor sperm quality. Infertility after vasectomy reversal is now a leading cause of iatrogenic infertility. Vasectomy must be regarded as a permanent procedure and should not be performed on young men (e.g.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-110
Number of pages4
JournalCurrent Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1996

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