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Urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar is joining crusaders against overpopulation by urging men to get vasectomies on Nov. 7 to help reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies. According to Dr. Zafar, the second-annual “World Vasectomy Day” is bringing together women’s health organizations and urologists to promote the procedure.

Documentary filmmaker Jonathan Stack, a founder of the event, said the event designed to encourage men to think about their role in family planning.

There are many undeniable reasons for supporting World Vasectomy Day. One of them is the over 325 million women worldwide who have had tubal ligations, which is six times the number of vasectomies being performed.

Tubal ligations are exceedingly more invasive, and while each procedure experiences a failure rate 1% of the time, tubal failures can result in ectopic pregnancies, which is a leading cause of maternal mortality.

Vasectomies, according to your urologist Des Moines, typically result in a normal pregnancy. Tubal ligations cost a bit more because they require full anesthesia and the recuperation time is longer. And while it’s true that a about 1% of men suffer pain for some time following a vasectomy, there’s no effective long lasting form of birth control that doesn’t carry some risk.

The difference between the two procedures is that taking risks and making sacrifices is what women do every day for over a third of their lives. Isn’t it fair that men take on some of the responsibility?

Your urologist Des Moines finds that convincing most men to get a vasectomy is not an easy task. Even the conversation is a difficult one to have, but Dr. Zafar feels that it is not just about vasectomies, but a shift in awareness that our world desperately needs.

The bottom line is that World Vasectomy Day is not just about how many vasectomies are completed, but how many conversations are initiated. Involving men in family planning is the right thing to do for yourself, your family and our future.

If you are interested in more information regarding getting a vasectomy Des Moines residents rely on urologist Dr. Fawad Zafar. Call our office today to schedule a confidential consultation.

According to urologist Des Moines Dr. Fawad Zafar, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health found that vasectomy is associated with a small increased risk of prostate cancer, and a larger increased risk for advanced or lethal prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death among American men and approximately 15 percent of American men have had a vasectomy.

The New York Times wrote that earlier studies suggested that a link may exist between vasectomies and prostate cancer. Yet many experts rejected the idea saying that men who have vasectomies may receive more medical care and therefore may be more likely to be diagnosed.

Researchers analyzed data from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, which observed almost 50,000 American men for up to 24 years between the years of 1986 and 2010. During that time, just over 6,000 cases of prostate cancer were diagnosed, including over 800 lethal cases. One in four of the men reported having a vasectomy.

The team found a 10 percent overall increased risk of prostate cancer in those men who had a vasectomy, but no association between a vasectomy and low-grade cancers was found.

Among men who received regular PSA screening from their urologist Des Moines, the comparative increase in risk of lethal prostate cancer was over 50 percent. The effect appeared to be higher among men who had a vasectomy at a younger age.

The reason for the increase is unclear, but some experts speculate that immunological changes, abnormal cell growth or hormonal imbalances after a vasectomy may also affect prostate cancer risk.

In the study, researchers had access to varied information and ruled out potential biases, including the possibilities that men who have vasectomies seek more medical care in or have higher rates of PSA screening, The association may also be compelled by differences in sex hormone levels, sexually transmitted infections or cancer treatment.

According to your urologist Des Moines, a vasectomy does not increase the risk for prostate cancer over all and we’re really seeing the association only for advanced state and lethal cancers.

Several urologists have said that a significant amount of research is necessary to determine the accuracy of the findings.

If you have questions regarding the effects of a vasectomy Des Moines residents rely on Dr. Fawad Zafar. Don’t wait – call today to schedule an appointment to have your questions answered.

Every year, about half a million men in the United Sates undergo a vasectomy.

In contrast, around 1 million tubal ligations are performed in the U.S. 7% of all married couples use vasectomy as a choice for contraception.

When undergoing a vasectomy, most men fear the needle used to administer anesthesia in the scrotum, and this fear often deters them from pursuing the procedure.

New Approach to Vasectomy

There is another approach that men can consider – the No Needle/No Scalpel Vasectomy. With this approach,  a new method of anesthetic for vasectomy is the Madajet hypospray. This method uses a spring loaded device that sprays lidocaine anesthetic at a high pressure. Lidocaine spray penetrates the skin and numbs the underlying vas deferens. The anesthetic takes effect within seconds.

Patients typically describe the sensation as a mild snap, almost like a rubber band against the skin. Thereafter, a small opening is made in the skin using a no scalpel method. 99% of cases can then be done through one incision only.  No needle and no scalpel vasectomy takes about 10 minutes to do.

What happens after you get it done?

The recovery is quick and the return to normal routine is sooner than the conventional method.  Patients tolerate the procedure well.  After the procedure, patients are encouraged to have at least 35 ejaculations. This allows the sperm to be washed out of the vas deferens. A semen test is then done to ensure that no sperm are seen under the microscope.

I have performed thousands of vasectomies using the No needle/No scalpel vasectomy method with excellent results.


  • Using no needle no scalpel method there is excellent patient satisfaction.
  • The procedure is short, uses less anesthetic.
  • The return to work is quicker
  • Reduces the fear in men of the vasectomy procedure with a needle.
  • Procedure is safe, effective, simple and very well tolerated.

Nearly 500,000 vasectomies are performed every year in the U.S., and most of the recipients end up as satisfied customers. Here are some common questions about vasectomy Des Moines received by your urologist, Dr. Fawad Zafar.

Does the procedure include surgery on the testicles?

No, the vasectomy is performed on the vas deferens, which is a small tube that carries sperm and is located away from the testicle.

Will my body change, i.e., my voice, demeanor, or sex drive?

A vasectomy Des Moines does not alter testosterone production from the testicle, nor does it affect sexual performance in any way. In most cases, neither the patient nor their partner is able to tell it has been done.

How will I know if the vasectomy was successful?

Because it can take a few months to “clean out the pipes” after the vasectomy, patients must continue to use other forms of birth control until they’ve had a semen analysis to prove there are no longer any sperm present.

What happens to the sperm?

They remain inside the testicles.

Can a vasectomy lead to testicular cancer?

Large studies have indicated that there is no increased risk for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, or any other health effects as the result of having a vasectomy.

Can the vasectomy be reversed?

Yes, it involves a rather complex surgery that is not always successful. But there are always sperm present inside the testicle so in vitro fertilization techniques are possible.

Will I be awake during the vasectomy?

That depends on your urologist Des Moines. Some perform the procedure while the patient is awake by injecting a local anesthesia into the scrotum. Others prefer to offer patients a light sedation medicine so they don’t feel anything during the procedure, which typically takes only about 15 minutes.

How long will my recover time be?

Discomfort after a vasectomy is typically minor. Most men will need to take it easy for a few days, apply ice packs to the scrotum and take an ibuprofen every 6 hours.

If you’re considering a vasectomy Des Moines residents should contact our office to schedule a consultation.  We’re here to answer any other questions you may have.





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