Deciding whether or not to have children (or have more children) is obviously something that both men and women ponder. And decision making regarding birth control impacts both sexes as well. For women, there are options such as the birth control pill and other devices that are very effective at preventing pregnancy. Surgical options are also available, especially if women are absolutely positive that they do not want children. However, surgical options for preventing pregnancy in women are invasive and carry their own risks. But for men, vasectomy is a simple procedure that is often done on an outpatient basis and requires very little downtime from normal activity.
Getting a vasectomy does not endanger health and is considered a minor surgery. It also does not affect ability to have sexual relationships. The whole procedure does not take very long. There is very little discomfort during the procedure or afterward. This is a highly effective cheaper than sterilization for women way of preventing pregnancy. There is much less recovery for men than women who choose to undergo a tubal ligation. While both are done on an outpatient basis and are considered to be safe, sterilization for women requires general anesthesia. A vasectomy only relies on local anesthesia, making it a much less risky procedure.
One important thing to keep in mind is that this method does not protect a person from the possibility of getting an STD. It does very little to protect agains sexually transmitted infections other than abstinence, condoms, and being faithful to each other. If you are a sexually active male who is not in a committed relationship it is still a good idea to wear condoms to protect yourself.
A vasectomy is usually considered a permanent change. However, there is a small chance of being reversed in some cases. Doctors may be able to go back in and reconnect the tubes, allowing for fertility to be restored. However, this procedure has a very low rate of success. That's why getting it done should not be taken lightly. Many doctors require a waiting period after the initial consultation and will counsel patients on whether or not this is the best option for them.