Vasectomy Procedure: The Best Choice For Us!
November 19, 2014
Dwayne is a deep guy. He understands what a vasectomy procedure means to his life, his fiancé, and his relationship. He understands vasectomy is safer and easier for him rather than his fiancé getting a tubal ligation.
Dwayne came to me for a His Choice vasectomy procedure (no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy). We asked him if he would share his story to benefit others. Initially he declined.
After his vasectomy procedure was completed, Dwayne walked out of the procedure room smiling from ear-to-ear! Things went so well for him that he had a change of heart and said he would love to share his vasectomy experience for the benefit of others.
Why have a vasectomy procedure? Dwayne’s reasons
Dwayne is 35 years of age and engaged. He has 3 children and his fiancé has 2 children. Dwayne is a logistics operator.
Dwayne and his fiancé both felt their family was complete. They thought a vasectomy procedure was the best form of permanent birth control for them.
Dwayne’s fiancé has a high-risk medical condition, which prevents her from taking hormonal medication. She develops life-threatening blood clots in her lungs when she takes hormones. This condition makes hormonal birth control and pregnancy serious, if not deadly, risks for her.
They considered a tubal ligation surgery but felt vasectomy was the safest and best option for them.
I asked Dwayne why they came to His Choice for vasectomy. His answer was,
When we looked at your website I got the sense that you guys cared about what you did.
You guys seemed down to earth.
Dwayne’s vasectomy procedure
Dwayne came to us for a vasectomy procedure on World Vasectomy Day November 7th.
His vasectomy procedure went very well. His fiancé was in the room with him the entire time and he was very comfortable throughout the procedure. As he was leaving the office, Dwayne admitted he was relieved it was over and it was not as bad as he thought it was going to be. Since his experience went so well he felt obligated to share how easy it was in case other guys could benefit from his experience and reasons for vasectomy.
Vasectomy procedures: Who gets them?
According to the medical literature, Dwayne is not your typical vasectomy utilizer.
Medical studies suggest the average vasectomy patient is 30 to 40 years of age, is white, college educated, and is of a higher than average income level. Medical research seems to suggest vasectomy utilization is not very high among African-American and Latino men. My professional experience has shown me otherwise.
Vasectomy barriers: Race, education, and income…but mostly cost!
In my experience, access to health care is directly influenced by level of education and income level. The more educated or higher income person is then the more likely they are to have good health care coverage. Vasectomy is not cheap. If you have good health care coverage then vasectomy is more attainable. If you don’t have good health care coverage then vasectomy can be very expensive.
We realize cost is a major barrier to many who want a vasectomy procedure. This is why we offer men who pay-out-of-pocket a significant discount when they pay directly for their vasectomy procedure.
Many health care providers mistakenly believe African Americans and Latinos don’t get vasectomy for reasons that are unclear but mostly attributable to cultural beliefs. Unfortunately I don’t think this is accurate.
Many men don’t get vasectomy because of lack of health care coverage. High deductible plans are popular today and if you have a $5000 deductible then I would argue you don’t have good health care coverage. Even if you have a lower deductible you may not have a procedure like vasectomy which can cost between $1,200 to $3,500. The patient I had before Dwayne drove to see me from Virginia because a local urologist said the vasectomy was going to cost $2,500!
The cost of a vasectomy procedure is probably the single biggest barrier to having a vasectomy.
We have attempted to keep the cost of a vasectomy procedure low for our patients. We charge $640 and we are located in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Race and income don’t keep guys from having a vasectomy but high cost and poor health care coverage does.
For more information about vasectomy visit our home page: His Choice: Vasectomy and Vasectomy Reversal
Call us at (919) 977-5050 for more information!