Hysterectomy vs. Vasectomy: Which Type of Sterilization Is Most Effective?


Permanent birth control is a serious decision that deserves careful consideration. If you and your spouse are done having children, it is important to carefully research all available sterilization options in order to make an informed decision. Read on to learn whether the hysterectomy or vasectomy procedure is right for your specific needs.


A vasectomy is an outpatient procedure that involves severing and closing the vas deferens tubes to prevent the release of sperm. This procedure is one of the most popular forms of permanent birth control because it has a low incidence of complications, a quick recovery time, and can be performed in about 10 minutes with a local anesthetic. The vasectomy procedure is an extremely effective form of sterilization with only a 0.02%-0.2% failure rate.


A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. This invasive surgical procedure is performed under general anesthesia and is typically performed for specific medical reasons including the treatment of uterine fibroids, endometriosis, uterine prolapse, or gynecological cancer. Because complete removal of the uterus makes pregnancy impossible, it is one of the most effective forms of sterilization.

Making the Choice

While both the vasectomy and hysterectomy procedures provide an effective form of permanent birth control, they are often chosen for very different reasons. Consulting a medical clinic such as ours that specializes in permanent birth control is an essential step in determining which option is right for your specific needs.


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