When Is The Ideal Time In A Man’s Life To Have A Vasectomy?

When is the ideal time in a man’s life to have a vasectomy? There is no age or situation that qualifies as the ideal time. It is different for each man. It’s a personal and very private decision that is usually made with his partner and after much thought.

Happy couple discussing vasectomy.

When Might A Vasectomy Be Right For You

There are situations in life that can make having a vasectomy an optimal choice. 50 million men in the United States have chosen to have one, but is it right for you?

Perhaps with the following situations:

  • You are absolutely certain you do not want any children or any more children.
  • It would be unwise for your partner to have children due to her health issues.
  • You and/or your partner are carriers for genetic disorders that you don’t want to give your children.

In these instances (and more), a permanent birth control method may be right for you.

When Vasectomy Might Not Be Right For You

Most physicians will recommend that you not jump into a vasectomy shortly after a birth. Give it some time and consider all your options.

If you and your partner are still not sure if you want children or any more children, this would not be a good time to make such a permanent decision.

Life throws us curveballs. You might want to wait a bit longer if you’re not married and you just think children are not in your future. When the right time comes, you could change your mind.

How A Vasectomy Works

In simple terms, a vasectomy closes off the tubes that carry the semen from the testicles. After the surgery, sperm cannot leave the testicles.

It is a short and safe procedure.


  • You will only need a day or two to recover.
  • You can return to your normal exercise regimen in 7 days.
  • You can resume having sex in 2 weeks, but must use a form of birth control until tests confirm no sperm are found in your semen.

Final Note

You can reverse a vasectomy within 15 years of the procedure, but it is important to know the procedure is not covered by insurance. Don’t have a vasectomy if there is any chance you might want children in the future. Your only other option is to freeze your sperm before the vasectomy.

Contact Southland Urology at (714) 870-5970 if you are ready to have a vasectomy or have additional questions.