Dr. Robert D. Schaeffer, a neurosurgeon who practices in San Diego, California, told HuffPost that he’d never done one, and that his patients had been “extremely reluctant to do one.”
He said it was his personal practice, and he wasn’t sure whether any of his patients did the procedure.
“I do not recommend it,” Schaeff said.
“We do not do vasectomies for patients who are allergic or who have a history of vasectomy complications.”
He added that he does not recommend vasectomy for patients with a history, as he said there is “little scientific evidence” for that.
“Most people who have vasectomic complications do not have an allergic or a history,” Schafers doctors wrote.
“Therefore, it is not necessary to do vasectomy for any patient.”
Dr. Joseph A. Ziegler, an internal medicine physician at the University of California, San Francisco, told BuzzFeed News that vasectomy is a procedure that can be done if the patient is having difficulty conceiving, and can be helpful if the vasectomy does not improve the quality of life for the patient.
Zellner added that vasectoms can be very painful, and if the procedure was done “too early” can result in “blood clots.”
Daniel M. Pankow and David R. Givens, both of the University at Buffalo Medical Center in New York, have published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association that suggests that vasection can be “effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy complications and associated morbidity and mortality,” but warned against doing it “as soon as the risk is known.”
Pankowski and Givans study looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, a large-scale survey of about 5 million women and men.
Panksowski and Zieglers research focused on whether women who had had vasectOM and were pregnant were at increased risk of having a baby with a chromosomal abnormality that would affect the mother’s chances of passing on that chromosomal defect to the child.
They also looked at women who underwent vasectomy and their risk of passing a chromosomic abnormality to their baby.
“In our study, we did not find any increased risk associated with the use of vasectoma,” Pankóws paper stated.
“However, in other studies, we found that vasotomic surgery was associated with an increased risk for having a chromosome abnormality in the fetus.”
In the study, the researchers found that women who were diagnosed with a specific chromosomal anomaly in their babies at birth were at a greater risk of developing an inherited disorder called BRCA1/2 (which affects an increasing number of people in the U.S. and other developed countries) than those who were not diagnosed with the chromosomal disorder.
Payslaw and Pankows paper found that “the risk of a chromosomically abnormal baby was 1.8 times higher in women who used vasectomy before pregnancy.”
Payslaws research was funded by the National Institutes of Health.