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Vasectomy - History

Unraveling the history of vasectomy revealed that the procedure was used to curb excessive masturbation and also as a eugenic tool.

Vasectomy - Journey into the Lesser Known!

Although most people think that the practice of vasectomy started around 1950 however, the concept of males resorting to birth control methods is nothing new. The first use of condoms (made of animal intestine and fish) by men, presumably for protection against sexually transmitted diseases dates back to as early as 1640.

The term vas deferens was coined by Berengarius much earlier (1470- 1530). In Latin, vas means vessel and deferre means 'to carry down'.

Early Years Then in 1830, Sir Ashley Cooper's found that when the blood vessels of a dog's testicle were tied, no issues followed coitus. Crude as the experiment may be, this was what seeded the development of a surgical procedure for birth control in men called vasectomy. The dog however retained its ability to produce sperms even after 6 years of the surgery. Male birth control suffered a setback in the US following the Comstock law (1873) according to which advertisement of any form of birth control was illegal.

Masturbation, Castration & Eugenics

The first use of vasectomy (1899) was on a 19 year male who had complained of excessive masturbation. The surgery was carried out by a physician by name Harry Sharp. Following the surgery, the patient is reported to have acquired a higher intellectual level in addition to reduced masturbation.

Between 1904 and 1907, vasectomy (both as left and right or bilateral) was used to reduce the chances of infection of the epididymis following prostate surgery. The infamous case where a patient murdered a surgeon, for castration as birth control measure, prompted surgeons to look for another alternative for castration and very soon, vasectomy began to assume an important role. Infact, vasectomy was made compulsory of any confirmed idiot, rapist or a criminal. This led to the flourishment of the concept of eugenics where individuals who were considered as being unimportant to the society were vasectomised so ensure that the future generations were healthy!!!

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Tom57 

Having had a traditional bi-lateral vasectomy myself over 29 years ago, I can tell you that it is a very easily done procedure with minimal pain. I had my surgery done in very early afternoon and was working already that evening due to the fact that I had to as I was a dairy farmer and had cows to be milked. Other than the milking and routine chores, I did take it easy for several days and tried to ice my scrotum area whenever possible. I had a very quick recovery, went for sperm check in two months and was given the "all clear" for safe sex. Best decision my wife and I did during our entire marriage. Forgot to mention that we had two children and our family was complete before having the vasectomy. I am writing this for educational purposes hoping that it will encourage men contemplating vasectomy to go ahead with it.

rassammy 

CAN YOU JUSTIFY THAT IT IS 100% SAFE ON NOT GETTING A WOMAN PREGNANT? SAMUEL ASARE GHANA

danewbeat 

can you get someone pregnant after having a Vasectomy done in 3 years?

skatman 

Is this article real? The author must be in third or fourth grade. There are grammar errors all over the place and that is what makes me deem this article completely unprofessional. Although the information was helpful, the author should see to it that he/she take a grammar class prior to wtiting another medicle article.

corn_nut26 

is it possible for a women beinging 25 with a man being 55 with a vasectomy to have it reversed and still able to produce healthy sperm to have a family together?

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