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Mar 12, 2017 — A vasectomy is one of the most reliable forms of birth control, but many men may have reservations about the procedure. Does it hurt? Does it cause prostate cancer? Will it impact your sexual function? On this Health Minute, Dr. William Brant, urologist at University of Utah Health, looks at the top three misconceptions men have about vasectomies.

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Interviewer: Vasectomy Myths. Dr. William Brant, what are some of the common myths that keep men from getting vasectomies?

Dr. Brant: Well, vasectomy is a really reliable form of birth control, and it's the only one where you can really test for its success afterward. Now, one of the myths is that some men, amazingly, think it's removal of the testicles, and it's just not that. The vas deferens gets divided and sealed so that sperm can't get through it. Number two, is people worry that there's going to be low testosterone or sexual dysfunction, and that doesn't happen. And a third is they worry it's going to be associated with other diseases, such as prostate cancer or heart disease, and that's just not true.

What it really comes down to is vasectomy is a 20-minute procedure with an incision that's less than a centimeter and gives you a great excuse to settle in, watch TV, eat chips and look for some sympathy over the recovery period.

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