Use of Contraception just after your Vasectomy
Use of secondary contraception following vasectomy: insights from the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, 2007–2011 was an American study that was published in Translational Andrology and Urolog in 2018.
Contraception must be used until the ‘all-clear’ that is given after the post-vasectomy sample after 12 weeks. This study investigated the use of contraception in the period between the Vasectomy and the all-important sample.
1004 couples were investigated who:
- Had recently had a baby, and
- The man had a vasectomy after the baby was born
Yet 57.8% reported NOT using additional contraception after the vasectomy (before the post vasectomy sample). The 43% of couples who DID use additional contraception mainly used condoms (50%).
Bear in mind that this study looked at couples who had recently had a baby. Breastfeeding mothers who exclusively breastfeed (no bottle feeding) and have no periods do sometimes rely on natural contraception that has a 2% failure per year. Having said that, we can assume that men are all carefully advised to continue contraception until your sample gives the all-clear. It is therefore is surprising that so many couples do not use any contraception before the post vasectomy sample!