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How Old Do You Have To Be To Get A Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a very personal decision – and it should be. You’re deciding on whether to allow (pay) someone to take a sharp object to your family jewels.


It makes sense then that you may have a lot of questions when considering a vasectomy.


Question: Who should perform the vasectomy?

Answer: A board-certified urologist with expertise and great reviews.


Question: What kind of vasectomy should I have?

Answer: A no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy with nitrous oxide.


Question: How old do you have to be to get a vasectomy?

Answer: This one is complicated.


I’ve performed vasectomies on men in their 20s with no kids, and men in their 50s with enough kids to field a mixed softball team. Most often, I see guys in their 30s or 40s with 2 ½ children (weird that they report this as the average size family, isn’t it?).


So what’s the right age to get a vasectomy? Let’s look at the different factors that play a role in your decision and guide you to the one that is best for you.

About the Author

Doctor Joseph Pazona is the founder of Pazona MD, a specialty urology practice located in Nashville, TN. He has been published in medical journals on the topic of urology & authored several consumer ebooks on a variety of urologic conditions in addition to the topics of telemedicine, and continuing medical education (CME). When he’s not treating patients or writing he enjoys traveling, hiking, running, cooking, and spending time with his three children and fiancé, Catherine.

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