Vasectomy is minor surgery to block sperm from reaching the semen that is ejaculated from the penis. Semen still exists, but it has no sperm in it. After a vasectomy the testes still make sperm, but they are soaked up by the body. Each year, more than 500,000 men in the U.S. choose vasectomy for birth control. A vasectomy prevents pregnancy better than any other method of birth control, except abstinence.
Sperm and male sex hormones are made in the testicles. Sperm is the male reproductive cells made in the testicles that can fertilize a female partner’s eggs, which may result in a child. The testes are in the scrotum at the base of the penis. Sperm leave the testes through a coiled tube (the “epididymis”), where they stay until they’re ready for use.
Each epididymis is linked to the ejaculatory duct by a long tube called the vas deferens (or “vas”). The vas runs from the lower part of the scrotum into the inguinal canal (groin area). It then goes into the pelvis and behind the bladder. This is where the vas deferens joins with the seminal vesicle and forms the ejaculatory duct.
When you ejaculate, seminal fluid from the seminal vesicles mix with sperm to form semen. The semen flows through the urethra and comes out the end of your penis. Ejaculate with sperm may cause a pregnancy.
Treatment Vasectomies are usually done in your urologist’s office, but they may also be done at a surgery center or in a hospital. You and your urologist may decide if you need to be fully sedated (put to sleep) for the procedure. If you need to be sedated, you may have your vasectomy at a surgery center or hospital.
The need for sedation is based on your anatomy, how nervous you are, or if you might need other surgery at the same time. You may be asked to sign a form that gives your urologist permission to do the procedure. Some states have special laws about the type of consent and when you need to sign it.
In the procedure room, your scrotal area will be shaved and washed with an antiseptic solution. Local anesthesia will be injected to numb the area, but you’ll be aware of touch, tension, and movement. The local anesthetic should block any sharp pain. If you feel pain during the procedure, you can let your urologist know so you can get more anesthesia.
Conventional Vasectomy For a conventional vasectomy, one or two small cuts are made in the skin of the scrotum to reach the vas deferens. The vas deferens is cut and a small piece may be removed, leaving a short gap between the two ends. Next, the urologist may cut the ends of the vas and then tie the cut ends or put some tissue in between them.
These steps are then repeated on the other vas, either through the same cut or through a new one. The scrotal cuts may be closed with dissolvable stitches or allowed to close on their own.
No-Scalpel Vasectomy For a no-scalpel vasectomy, the urologist feels for the vas under the skin of the scrotum and holds it in place with a small clamp. A tiny hole is made in the skin and stretched open so the vas deferens can be gently lifted out. It is then cut, tied or seared, and put back in place.
What are the Risks? Right after surgery, there’s a small risk of bleeding into the scrotum. If you notice that your scrotum has gotten much bigger or you are in pain, call your urologist right away. If you have a fever, or your scrotum is red or sore, you should have your urologist check for infection.
There is a small risk for post-vasectomy pain syndrome. This occurs in 1 or 2 men out of 100 vasectomies. Post-vasectomy pain syndrome is a pain that can follow a vasectomy. It isn’t clear what causes this in many cases, but it’s most often treated with anti-swelling meds. If this occurs, see your urologist as sometimes the specific cause can be treated with medicine or a minor procedure.
Studies show men who have had a vasectomy are not at a higher risk for any other medical conditions such as heart disease, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, or other health problems.
After Treatment After your vasectomy, you may be uncomfortable for a few days. To reduce your pain, you may need mild pain medication to take care of any pain. Severe pain may suggest infection or other problems and you should see your urologist.
You may have mild pain like what you’d feel like several minutes after getting hit “down there.” A benign lump (granuloma) may form from sperm leaking from the cut end of the vas into the scrotal tissues. It may be painful or sensitive to touch or pressure, but it isn’t harmful. Most of the time, you don’t feel pain and this usually gets better with time.
Your urologist will give you instructions for care after a vasectomy. Most men go home right away after the procedure. You should avoid sex for 3-7 days or activities that take a lot of strength. Swelling and pain can be treated with an ice pack on the scrotum and wearing a supportive undergarment, such as a jockstrap.
Most men fully heal in less than a week. Many men are able to return to their job as early as the next day if they do desk work.
Sex can often be resumed within a week after the vasectomy, but it’s important to know that a vasectomy doesn’t work right away. After the vasectomy, new sperm won’t be able to get into the semen, but there will still be lots of sperm “in the pipeline” that takes time to clear.
You should follow up with your urologist for semen analysis to check for sperm in your ejaculate. During this time, you should use other forms of birth control.
The time it takes for your ejaculate to be free of sperm can differ. Most urologists suggest waiting to check the semen for at least 3 months and/or 20 ejaculates. One in 100 men will still have sperm in their ejaculate at that time and may need to wait longer for the sperm to clear.
You shouldn’t assume that your vasectomy is effective until a semen analysis proves it is.
Frequently Asked Questions Can my partner tell if I have had a vasectomy?
Sperm adds very little to the semen volume, so you shouldn’t notice any change in your ejaculate after vasectomy. Your partner may sometimes be able to feel the vasectomy site. This is particularly true if you have developed a granuloma.
Will my sense of orgasm be changed by having a vasectomy? Ejaculation and orgasm are not affected by vasectomy. The special case is the rare man who has developed post-vasectomy pain syndrome.
Can I develop erectile dysfunction after a vasectomy? A vasectomy does not cause erectile dysfunction.
Can a vasectomy fail? There is a small chance a vasectomy may fail. This occurs when sperm leaking from one end of the cut vas deferens find a channel to the other cut end. Once your urologist clears you with a sperm test showing no sperm or less than 100,000 sperm, with none moving, the risk of pregnancy is 1 in 2000.
Can something happen to my testicles? In rare cases, the testicular artery may be hurt during vasectomy. Other problems, such as a mass of blood (hematoma) or infection, may also affect the testicles.
Can I have children after my vasectomy? Yes, but if you haven’t stored frozen sperm, you’ll need an additional procedure. The vas deferens can be surgically reconnected in a procedure called vasectomy reversal. If you don’t want to have vasectomy reversal, sperm can be taken from the testicle or the epididymis and used for in vitro fertilization. These procedures are costly and may not be covered by your health plan. Also, they don’t always work. If you think you may want to have children one day, you should look into non-permanent forms of birth control before deciding to have a vasectomy.
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Vasectomy is an elective surgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception.
During the procedure, the male vasa deferential are cut and tied or sealed so as to prevent sperm from entering into the urethra and thereby prevent fertilization of a female through sexual intercourse.
Vasectomies are usually performed in a physician’s office, medical clinic, or, when performed on an animal, in a veterinary clinic.
Hospitalization is not normally required as the procedure is not complicated, the incisions are small, and the necessary equipment routine.
There are several methods by which a surgeon might complete a vasectomy procedure, all of which occlude (i.e., “seal”) at least one side of each vas deferens.
To help reduce anxiety and increase patient comfort, those who have an aversion to needles may consider a “no-needle” application of anesthesia while the ‘no-scalpel’ or ‘open-ended’ techniques help to accelerate recovery times and increase the chance of healthy recovery.
Due to the simplicity of the surgery, a vasectomy usually takes less than 30 minutes to complete.
After a short recovery at the doctor’s office (usually less than an hour), the patient is sent home to rest. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, many vasectomy patients find that they can resume their typical sexual behavior within a week and do so with little or no discomfort.
Because the procedure is considered a permanent method of contraception and is not easily reversed, patients are usually counseled and advised to consider how the long-term outcome of a vasectomy might affect them both emotionally and physically.
The procedure is not often encouraged for young single childless people as their chances for biological parenthood are thereby permanently reduced, sometimes completely.
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The Blood of Jesus (also known as The Glory Road) is a 1941 American fantasy drama race film written, directed by, and starring Spencer Williams. The plot concerns a Baptist woman who is sent to a crossroads after being accidentally shot by her atheist husband, where Satan tries to lead her astray. The film was very successful and, in 1991, was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress, being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Plot In a small rural village with an African American population, a church group holds a riverside baptismal service. One of the faithful being immersed is the recently married Martha (Cathryn Caviness). However, Martha’s husband Ras (Spencer Williams) is absent from the service – he claims he was hunting, but he poached a neighbor’s boar. At home, Ras accidentally shoots Martha when his rifle drops on the floor and discharges. The church congregation gathers at Martha’s bedside to pray for her recovery, and during this period, an angel (Rogenia Goldthwaite) arrives to take Martha’s spirit from her body. She is brought to the Crossroads between Heaven and Hell, and initially, she is tempted by the slick Judas Green (Frank H. McClennan), who is an agent for Satan (James B. Jones). Judas takes Martha to a nightclub, where the floor show includes an acrobat and a jazz singer. Judas arranges to have Martha employed by the roadhouse owner Rufus Brown, but the angel returns and advises Martha to flee. As she is escaping, a nightclub patron mistakenly believes Martha is a pickpocket who robbed him. A chase ensues, and Martha races back to the Crossroads between Hell and Zion, where Satan (along with a jazz band on a flatbed truck) is waiting for her arrival. The voice of Jesus Christ challenges the mob who go away. The sign at the Crossroad is transformed into the vision of Jesus Christ being crucified, and Christ’s blood drips down on Martha’s face. She awakens to discover she is home and her health is restored. Martha is reunited with her husband, who has now embraced religion. The angel who took Martha on her journey returns to bless the marriage. Cast Cathryn Caviness as Sister Martha Ann Jackson Spencer Williams as Ras Jackson Juanita Riley as Sister Jenkins Reather Hardeman as Sister Ellerby Rogenia Goldthwaite as The Angel James B. Jones as Satan Frank H. McClennan as Judas Green Eddie DeBase as Rufus Brown Alva Fuller as Luke Williams Samuel Lee Ellison Jr as Gambler Production The Blood of Jesus was the second film directed by Spencer Williams, one of the few African American directors active in the 1940s. The Blood of Jesus was produced in Texas on a budget of US$5,000. To present the afterlife, Williams used scenes from a 1911 Italian film called L’Inferno that depicted souls entering Heaven. In addition to Williams, the cast was made up of amateur actors and members of Reverend R. L. Robinson’s Heavenly Choir, who sang the film’s gospel music score. Music The film’s soundtrack includes a variety of spirituals and hymns. All songs arranged by Henry Thacker Burleigh, unless otherwise noted, and performed by R.L. Robertson and The Heavenly Choir. “Good News” (Traditional) “Go Down Moses” (Traditional) “Heav’n, Heav’n” (Traditional) “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand” (Music: M. Durham; Lyrics: Samuel Stennett) “Amazing Grace” (Music: Traditional, arranged: William Walker; lyrics: John Newton) “Run, Child, Run” (Traditional spiritual) “Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)” (Traditional) “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” (Writer: Wallis Willis) “Old Time Religion” (Traditional spiritual) “I’ve Heard of a City Called Heaven” (Spiritual) “Weary Blues” (Music: Artie Matthews) – Gussie Smith. Release and critical appraisal The Blood of Jesus was screened in cinemas and black churches. The film’s commercial success enabled Williams to direct and write additional feature films for Sack Amusement Enterprises, including two with religious themes: Brother Martin: Servant of Jesus (1942) and Go Down Death (1944). For years, The Blood of Jesus was considered a lost film until prints were discovered in the mid-1980s in a warehouse in Tyler, Texas. Critical appraisal of The Blood of Jesus has been positive, with Dave Kehr of The New York Times calling the film “magnificent” and J. Hoberman of The Village Voice stating it is “a masterpiece of folk cinema that has scarcely lost its power to astonish.” Time magazine counted it among its “25 Most Important Films on Race.” In his book Black Film as Genre, Historian Thomas Cripps praised The Blood of Jesus for providing a “brief anatomy of Southern Baptist folk theology by presenting Christian myth in literal terms. From its opening voiceover, the film became an advocate for the most enduring traditions of Afro-American family life on Southern ground.” Filmmaker Julie Dash cited the baptismal sequence in The Blood of Jesus as the inspiration for a similar scene from her 1991 feature film Daughters of the Dust. In 1991, The Blood of Jesus became the first race film to be added to the U.S. National Film Registry.
Let’s allow the natural Love for ourselves to be expressed, it is important to have genuine connections with others so that we can get the things we need and help others, but it is equally important to connect with yourself.
Then, Love can reveal its beauty in all ways throughout each day.
Let’s take the very first action in self-love RIGHT NOW.
We are utilizing our ability to breathe at will in all different ways.
Our breath has been there literally our entire lives, changing as needed to the demand of compelling circumstances and flowing effortlessly when we are resting.
Taking multiple full and deep breaths every day is proven to change our bodies and minds for the better.
Great, so take in 5 full and deep breaths with me, holding it for a moment at the top and naturally exhaling, never pushing out your breath.
One inhale nice a big breath, expanding your belly and lungs as much as you can…. Hold it….and exhale gently with relief.
Two inhaling fresh oxygen that will be supplied to your bloodstream…. holding it to soak it in….and exhaling without any effort.
Three inhale, feeling rejuvenated and invigorated by this breathing…. hold it….and exhale quickly.
Four inhale, noticing how breathing comes naturally to you…. pausing to soak it in….and exhale any tension or worry.
And Five inhaling fully is an act of self-love…. pausing to feel this Love….and exhaling into complete relaxation. And allow your breath to flow at a pace without any effort from you now…
Good, by doing this, you prove you are capable of self-love.
Deep breathing increases the oxygen supply to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, sometimes referred to as the ‘rest and digest system. By breathing deeply and often, you command your body to rest, relaxing and rejuvenating you.
This is self-love in its simplest form that anyone can do at any time of the day.
Now let’s honor ourselves by relaxing the mind even further. Notice now how your thoughts are rising in your mind, one after the other. See them come and see them go. Some thoughts linger for some time, and some only come for a split second. If you can focus, you will notice even smaller thoughts, such as describing the world around you or labeling the things in your surroundings.
Let your hearing become super alert now, and try to focus on some sounds around you. Maybe you can hear the sound of your breath……
Can you hear nature nearby?…… Or perhaps cars passing by…. or people talking with each other…. go from sound to sound, focusing on only one at a time….
Now stop focusing on any sound in particular and allow all of the noises around you to come in equally, and when you hear them, they almost act as tiny waves of relaxation, calming your mind…..
now, if you could stretch your senses even further, perhaps you can become aware of the silence between the sounds, or as I like to call it, “the canvas of the sounds.”
This is the invisible fabric that sound lays upon and travels along. Just become aware of the silence in between the sounds now.
Good…Your mind relaxes when you activate your senses on command.
Humans have the unique ability to visualize, which allows for creating all kinds. So, let’s use the power of your excellent visualization abilities to induce self-love.
Make sure your eyes are closed and begin to imagine yourself full of an abundance of self-love.
See yourself now, choosing healthy foods and cooking at home, so you know all of the ingredients you are putting into your body.
Vividly see yourself eating well. When you eat well, see yourself enjoy these moments, and you feel the nutrition these choices bring you…
Imagine now you have a strong will to avoid junk foods and unhealthy drinks. See yourself confidently saying no to all these things; you feel very proud now when you avoid eating something harmful…… perfect.
Eating healthy is an essential component of self-love. Visualize yourself now, entirely at peace.
You can imagine yourself in a place you love, making you feel peaceful. Perhaps on the beach, in a forest, or snuggled up in your room.
Whatever brings you comfort, vividly see yourself in this place right now, and allow these feelings of peace and tranquility to arise in your body. The more details you can add to this image, the better.
See the colors brightly…. feel the sensations of your surroundings…. notice how you look here, what kind of expressions are on your face….
Be here in this place of complete peace for a few moments longer.
Good. Another form of self-love is observing your mental chatter.
To have great self-love, you must expand the good things you feel about yourself and challenge any negative thoughts as soon as they arise.
So, hear yourself saying, “When I fully love myself, I can fully love others.
There is a great stillness that comes when I meditate. Each day, I allow my Love for myself to grow more and more.
I honor myself by allowing peace to rise in me. Deciding to love me unconditionally, no matter what happens, feels lovely.
I get to know myself fully when I use mindfulness techniques. My self-esteem grows along with my self-love. I love and accept everything about myself; I find peace by using my imagination. Today, I love myself even more than yesterday.
Genuinely loving myself brings me peace. The more I love myself, the better my entire health. I love every moment of my existence. Every part of me that makes me who I am is encompassed with Love.
I have unconditional Love within me that overflows in abundance to those around me.”
Great! Now gently open your eyes, take a fresh breath, and know that whenever you Love yourself, you will find Love.
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