- 10-07-2012 #11XitemeMGuest
You would have to be pretty damn sure at 22 not only of yourself, but your future self as well, to get a vasectomy at this age.
That said, in the interest of correct information: from Vasectomy - Testosterone and Risks
First of all, one of the concerns about vasectomies was that they might somehow negatively affect male hormone levels. Most of us think, if you cut anything near my gonads, it's bound to negatively impact my testosterone. Interestingly enough, there are quite a few studies showing the opposite: a slight increase in testosterone. These post-vasectomy testosterone increases have shown up in various healthy populations.  And these slight increases in testosterone have even shown up in long term studies as well.  Of course, one could never advise getting a vasectomy to boost T, especially since some studies have shown no significant increase.
- 10-07-2012 #12XitemeMGuest
I think thing about not liking kids wouldn't apply to your own. There would be a switch that gets turned on when you see your own mewling flesh and blood, a child that is made up of half of you. So maybe it's a matter of being comfortable that you can never have that switch triggered.
- 10-07-2012 #13
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- Southeastern U.S.A.
I am 30 years old. I had a vasectomy 5 years and 10 months ago (being detailed in the spirit of being factual). At just a month after my 25th birthday I was the youngest patient to which my urologist had done the procedure. I was single at the time and had not fathered any children. However, my consultation last more than an hour. During that time my urologist grilled me about anything and everything pertaining to my past and present sex life, desires on marriage and fatherhood, and any family history of relationship issues that might cloud my judgement. He concluded that I had spent years considering my decision and deemed me medically and mentally fit for the surgery.
The comments about weigh gain, libido loss, and testosterone level decrease are factually inaccurate. The links provided in previous responses confirm this. Personally, I have experienced zero negative side effects from my procedure.
I do believe I was about as young as you should be before you have the procedure done. You should spend at a MINIMUM 2 or 3 years contemplating how your decision will affect your life. I was much like you. A pregnancy scare would make me search for plane tickets to any other country on earth and I have never enjoyed being around children. The thought of having to be legally responsible for one is truly frightening.
My suggestion is to take a few more years in contemplation and in the mean time wrap it up or put your girl on birth control.
- 10-07-2012 #14
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- Mar 2012
Haha I was just 22 but I had good reason. To say it is impossible to reverse is also not true. It is highly unlikely but it can be done.
- 10-07-2012 #15
I'd like to do it but do not want to run the risk of somehow not gaining from PE after it, or having poor EQ - although it seems this isn't the case.
- 10-07-2012 #16
I had both my kids later in life (late 30's)
When I was in my 20's, I couldn't really picture myself with kids. I also found other people's kids to be annoying at times. Yet now, I'm so glad that my wife and I could have kids. I wouldn't trade it for the world. Your own kids are nothing like someone else's.
My advice, hold off on the big V. You may want kids later. In fact, having kids later, when we're more patient, wiser and better established financially, makes sense.Starting stats
April 3, 2012
BPEL - 6"
EG - 6"
- 10-08-2012 #17XitemeMGuest
I was reading recently the male brain is not fully developed until as late as 30. You could be making a decision before you have all the necessary information.
- 10-08-2012 #18
I mean, in my own personal opinion, it doesn't make any sense for me to have kids regardless of age and/or financial state, and the reason I'm asking is that I really really want to know why people make such a big deal of it.
Last edited by MrB8; 10-08-2012 at 01:12 AM.
- 10-08-2012 #19XitemeMGuest
- 10-08-2012 #20
- Join Date
- Oct 2009
- Sydney, Australia
There's a fair bit of misinformation in this thread about the effects of vasectomies and their [in]ability to be reversed.
Putting that aside for the moment though, I agree with many here in that I think 22 is way too young to fully consider such a significant step. I'd suggest you use other forms of contraception and re-think a vasectomy much further down the track. At least go and have a chat to a counselor about it.
I had a vasectomy after the birth of our third child. It had absolutely no impact on my libido or any of the other factors suggested here. A year or so later I had it reversed (long story ) and we now have four children.
But lest you think you can do the same ...
Reversing a vasectomy (vasovasostomy) is a more significant operation than the original vasectomy and the longer the time between operations, the greater the likelihood that you'll need a more complex reversal procedure (vasoepididymostomy) and that your sperm won't be healthy in any case.
I was lucky in that it was a relatively short time between operations and I was (and remain) very healthy.
And for comparison, I was about 32 when I had the vasectomy ... nearly 20 years ago!
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