9.5.3  Advantages and disadvantages

The advantages and disadvantages of sterilisation for men are summarised in Table 9.2. Knowing these will help you provide effective counselling to your community.

Table 9.2  Key advantages and disadvantages of male sterilisation.

AdvantagesDisadvantages
  • Permanent birth control.
  • Requires no daily attention.
  • Does not affect sexual pleasure.
  • Less complicated than female sterilisation.
  • Not immediately effective.
  • Requires minor surgery in a hospital.
  • May not be reversible.
  • Possible regret.
  • Possible rejoining of the vas deferens.
  • Does not protect against STIs, including HIV/AIDS.

Summary of Study Session 9