The discussion about birth control is inevitable in any relationship. Especially in recent years, many want to put having children on hold for a few years to focus on their careers. And then for others, they don’t want to have children at all. Maybe for some, they have the family they always dreamed of already and don’t want anymore. Or in view of the recent economic hard times, there are some who may not feel that they can afford any more children and it can cause anxiety worrying that they could get pregnant. Whatever the situation that you face, you will want to be very clear on what options are available to you. And the options will differ depending on where you stand on this issue and how permanent a decision this is. With all these options available another concern for many is the cost. So just how much do these treatments cost? For example, how much does a vasectomy cost? And what options are best for you?
As we’ve said, there are many options available and the cost of them can vary a lot. For example, you can spend a few dollars buying over the counter products, such as condoms. While a few dollars may sound like the better option, it is also an expense that you will need to repeat regularly. At the other end of the scale, a vasectomy is a lot more expensive than a pack of condoms, but if you are looking for a permanent solution, then this one-off cost may be preferred. What is the one-off cost? It can vary quite a lot from place to place so there is no set answer. It could cost $300, or it could cost $3000. That’s right, it can vary that much! But as far as permanent solutions go, this is often the cheaper option. For example, another of the permanent options is tubal ligation but this could cost up to $6000. A lot of this is down to the fact that tubal ligation requires more anaesthetic which is costly and so it bumps the price up. So, when looking at long term options, a vasectomy is likely the preferred option.
One mistake that people make is that they do not view either a vasectomy or tubal ligation as permanent. They view it as long term, but then in the future they will have the option to have it reversed and start a family if they change their mind or then feel ready. But if you think that in the future, there is even a small chance that you may want to have children, you should maybe hold off for the time being until you are sure. While some people have successfully had these procedures reversed, it is a big risk to take. There are many who are unsuccessful in having it reversed.
After weighing all the options, having a vasectomy or tubal ligation is the right choice for many, just be sure to research how much it will cost and different facilities near you and what the reputation of those places is. And be sure of your decision, viewing it as permanent.