Family planning for men

January 12 2021   |   News

Birth control is a major consideration in today’s world – providing the opportunity for couples to plan the number and timing of their children to fit in with other important life choices.

But with a number of options available, how do you pick the right one?

Women have often provided the greater voice of caution when it comes to sex and birth control – but many more men are now playing an increasing role in family planning.

It may be a subject you find difficult to talk about, so here are the answers to some often asked questions which we hope you will find useful:

What is family planning?

Family planning services can provide education, counselling, and medical services that include helping women and men plan and space births, and prevent them.

One of the services included in family planning is the vasectomy. This is a surgery that men can undergo which prevents a man’s sperm from reaching the penis to reduce any risk of pregnancy.

Is there birth control for men?

Male birth control options currently include abstinence, condoms and the vasectomy. Abstinence means not having sex – an impractical solution for most. Condoms are the method of birth control long-favoured by men and can also protect against many sexually transmitted infections, while the vasectomy offers a safe and effective option for both partners without the physical barrier of a condom.

Do women need to continue with birth control if their partner has had a vasectomy?

No contraceptive method is 100% effective but there is only a 0.005% chance of pregnancy after a vasectomy. This makes the procedure more effective than any other form of contraception meaning a partner would not need additional birth control measures.

Will having a vasectomy affect my sex life?

A vasectomy will not affect your sex drive or the ability to have sex.

How do I find out more?

We understand that men will have many questions about vasectomies as it is a big decision to make – our FAQs page provides the answers to a number of questions you may have.

A vasectomy is a simple procedure carried out under local anaesthetic in about 15 minutes. It is 99.9% effective in preventing pregnancy and, depending on occupation, most men need less than two days recovery before returning to work.