Vasectomy is a simple procedure that involves the cutting and sealing off tubes carrying sperms from testicles. The process is effective 99% of the times. During the process, a physicist puts the patient under partial anesthetic and uses a surgical knife to cut two holes on the scrotum exposing the sperm tubes. The doctor then cuts small sections of the tubes and seals the open ends using heat.
It’s a painless procedure that takes less than thirty minutes. However, on some occasions, patients experience pain and swelling in their testicles after the process. The efficiency of vasectomy is determined after twelve weeks through semen test. During the twelve weeks, the male must use other birth control methods as sperms are already packed in the tubes. Vasectomy does not affect sexual urges and pleasures.
Unarguably true, with the increasing number of single-parent families, men ought to take charge of their reproduction patterns. For years, the role of family planning has been solely a woman’s affair. While no one disputes vasectomy as an effective medical procedure that would greatly help in birth control, we must also consider the social consequence of adopting the procedure. Consequences of vasectomy, as a birth control method, reaches far beyond the make-believe surgical gesture. It touches the central fabric on which an African male is built on. POTENCY.
1. Vasectomy is “Irreversible”
‘Before you undergo a vasectomy, be sure it is right for you. The process is very hard to reverse’ warns Harry Fish a clinical professor of urology and reproductive medicine. Advocating for males to undergo vasectomy does not equate to shared birth control responsibility between genders. It equates to a process that implicates permanent disability as a single choice for the male gender. I mean, while women have at least ten common birth control methods, all of which are reversible, the male gender only gets a single and irreversible choice. That is ridiculous, right?
2. It Makes You Vulnerable to Family Exploitation
By voluntarily undergoing the procedure, a man trades his ability to remain independent. A survey by the National Centre of Biotechnology Information (NCBI) shows that in America alone, half a million men undergo a vasectomy. Ninety-five percent of these men believe they will never require reproducing again. Therefore, the decision to undergo vasectomy must be based on a self-conviction never to reproduce. In most cases, men who undergo vasectomy have reliable families.
In an African setting, however, a woman is mostly unpredictable. As a matter of social convention, most women are nice to their husbands because they are replaceable. If we face the fact, the African society is characterized by wife and mistresses competing for attention. This is how an African man attains tranquillity. An African man enjoys the benefits of his wife/wives for the mere fact that he is capable of leaving the wife if the condition is not right. Without your reproductive capabilities, you risk becoming a slave of a single and mistreating family.
If an African man undergoes vasectomy at the age of 35-40 years, he makes himself vulnerable to emotional and social exploitation. With an African woman who knows her husband cannot leave her house, a man’s bargaining power in that marriage goes to the drain.
In the UK, they call vasectomy ‘a kick in the ball’.
3. It will reduce Your Self-Esteem
Although there are no standard metrics to measure social value, people attach value to themselves based on their ability to make decisions. For every man, there is a subjective pride in your ability to erect and have the right sperm count. Obviously, men will not call for a general meeting to discuss their sexual and recreational prowess, but it will always remain a strong imprint on a man’s character.
In today’s society, a woman knows the best personal attack on a man is through his ego. Interestingly, as proven by M. Salehi, a professor of Psychiatry at Isfahan University, a man’s sexuality is the fastest trigger of egoism. It is for these reasons that any wise woman refrains from downsizing a man’s sexual performance or manhood size in his presence. It is an informal rule that will remain so, even as science like vasectomy becomes more popular.
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In five years, when you are forty-five, and four years after the vasectomy, you still won’t like it if your wife bursts on you and calls you ‘a ball less bastard’. Whether vasectomy is voluntary or not, it will lead to a sense of inadequacy in some social situations. A developed and highly diversified society might support vasectomy, but for an uptight and closely-knit society as Kenyan, vasectomy is not advisable.
4. Vasectomy will Increase HIV Infections
As the cost of living rises in Africa, unwanted pregnancies are reliable HIV/AIDS control than the public literacy on the disease. As observed among the youths, a woman is more likely to fear pregnancy than HIV infection. The logic behind this misplaced priorities is the time taken for both HIV and pregnancy to manifest. With a vasectomy, there will be no inherent fear of unwanted pregnancies. Majority of couples will thus opt for unprotected sex in absence of fear for pregnancy and with little or no regard to the possibility of an HIV infection.
5. Why should men stick to condoms?
Before we impose vasectomy on African males, we need to look deeper into other viable option. It still beats logic to try and replace condom, which is a worldwide male birth control method with a procedure that sterilizes men. Condoms are also more effective in preventing HIV and STIs. Until men have dozens of birth-control options, vasectomy remains unwarranted in African societies.