When to Perform the Procedure
- Any time a man requests it (if there is no medical reason to delay).
Ensuring Informed Choice
IMPORTANT: A friendly counselor who listens to a man’s concerns, answers his questions, and gives adequate, clear and practical information about the procedure—especially its permanence—will help a man make an informed choice and be a successful and satis ed user, without later regret (see Because Sterilization is Permanent, in Chapter 12). Involving his partner in counseling can be helpful but is not necessary or required.
|The 7 Points of Informed Consent
Counseling must cover all 7 points of informed consent. In some programs the client and the counselor sign an informed consent form. To give informed consent to vasectomy, the client must understand the following points:
- Temporary contraceptives also are available to the client.
- Voluntary vasectomy is a surgical procedure.
- There are certain risks of the procedure as well as benefits. (Both risks and benefits must be explained in a way that the client can understand.)
- If successful, the procedure will prevent the client from ever having any more children.
- The procedure is considered permanent and probably cannot be reversed.
- The client can decide against the procedure at any time before it takes place (without losing rights to other medical, health, or other services or benefits).
- The procedure does not protect against sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.