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Hello – thank you for running such an informative and useful site! I am an 18 year old male who has always known that children are not for me. I simply dislike kids and I want to be child-free for the rest of my life. I’m not going to “change my mind” as certain physicians so often allege of people in my situation.
I would appreciate some advice from you on the subject of vasectomy. How can I have this procedure performed on me at my age? This is something that I really want to have done – can you point me in the right direction? How do I find a urologist or GP that will perform this? And what can I say to improve my odds?
I know you’re very busy, but if you could give a young guy some advice, it would be fantastic. Thanks!Dr. Edward Karpman
Having children (or not) is a very personal choice that should be left to the individual if he is of legal age and sound mind. I agree that at 18 years, it would be a very precocious decision not to have children. That said, I can respect a person’s early realization that children and family life are not for them. I have performed many vasectomies on men who have never fathered any child, but only after adequate discussion of the ramifications of their decision.
I would strongly recommend to any individual who has never fathered any children that sperm banking is an ideal choice prior to a vasectomy. This will insure that you have sperm to use to get someone pregnant if you do change your mind. However, even if a man doesn’t choose to freeze some sperm prior to a vasectomy, vasectomy reversal is a very effective way to have children after a vasectomy. There are 600,000 vasectomies performed annually in the United States and approximately 5% of men will change their mind and want the procedure reversed.
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