More men stepping up in family planning responsibilities

Family planning laws across the U.S. are changing and access to reproductive health is becoming more challenging. As a result, Capitol Urology, owned by the most experienced vasectomy surgeon in South Carolina Dr. Thomas B. Edmunds, Jr., has seen a 400% increase in vasectomy appointment requests since the overturn of Roe v. Wade last year. 

“While recent legislation hasn’t changed what we do, it has given a lot of men a sense of urgency to go ahead and get a vasectomy.” said Edmunds. “It’s a simple procedure, and my goal is to continue to advocate for men to step up and take the burden of birth control off their female partners.” 

Dr. Edmunds performs no-scalpel vasectomies in his office as a 15-minute out-patient procedure that is 99.999% effective, permanent birth control. Compare this to sterilization procedures for women that are major surgeries performed in a hospital and are much more expensive.

“A staggering 54% of pregnancies are unplanned, which can lead to relationship strain, financial hardship, serious health challenges for the mother, and more,” said Edmunds. “With fewer options now available to women, we’re seeing men of all ages choose a vasectomy and take responsibility for their part in family planning.”

Dr. Edmunds spends the initial consultation with patients sharing important information about the procedure. He says most men want to know about pain, recovery and if there are any long-term impacts of vasectomy surgery. Edmunds is the most experienced vasectomy surgeon in South Carolina and has performed more than 4,500 procedures using a no-scalpel surgical approach, resulting in a faster recovery and less pain reported from patients. 

“Most patients are shocked at how quick and painless the procedure is,” said Edmunds. “Recovery is three days of rest and a return to normal activity in ten days. My goal is to reassure and comfort patients and take care of them like family members.”

Important vasectomy facts:

  1. Vasectomies should be considered permanent birth control. While reversals are possible, they aren’t always successful and are costly. 
  2. When done by an experienced surgeon, a vasectomy will not impact sexual performance. If anything, intimacy is improved when the stress of an unwanted pregnancy is removed. 
  3. Sterilization is not immediate. It typically takes about 90 days to reach full effectiveness. 

As a solo medical practice, Capitol Urology can schedule patients for an initial consult within days, with the procedure often scheduled the same week. If you’ve made the decision to consider a vasectomy, Dr. Edmunds and his knowledgable staff will treat you like family!