Unlike females, males don’t have a time clock on their reproductive system and are able to impregnate a woman at any age. Today, couples are waiting longer and longer to have children which leaves birth control options after children until later on in life.
For men, a simple vasectomy will eliminate any chance of pregnancy as it is considered to be almost 100% effective.
This simple, outpatient sterilization procedure, cuts off the man’s sperm supply permanently, therefore eliminating any chance of pregnancy for a female partner. The procedure is performed by a urologist by either blocking, cauterizing or tying off the vas deferens tube.
Therefore eliminating the possibility of sperm leaving the man’s body. The procedure itself is very common and is being used more and more for birth control these days.
Medicare Coverage for Vasectomies
Because a vasectomy is an elective procedure and not considered medically necessary, Medicare will not cover any costs associated with this procedure.
In fact, Medicare does not cover any sterilization procedures on a man or woman unless it’s considered a treatment for an illness or an injury.
The only technical, “sterilization”, that’s covered for a man is a prostatectomy, which is medically necessary due to having prostate cancer. Without a prostate you cannot impregnate a woman, therefore, “sterilization.”
In some cases, a Medicare Advantage Plan may pick up some of the costs associated with deductibles, coinsurance or office copays associated with a vasectomy, however both generally follow the Medicare guidelines meaning the elective vasectomy will most likely not be covered.
You can call our number or fill out our online form. We have licensed insurance agents that can answer any questions you may have regarding what is and isn’t covered by the Medicare Supplement Plans.
And while they may not cover vasectomies, they do cover a significant amount of other procedures and medical costs that can be beneficial to you in other ways.
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Additional Healthcare Coverage
With most seniors already being on a fixed income, cutting costs is a top priority. Regardless of whether you’re looking to have a vasectomy or some other procedure, a Medicare Supplement Plan may be the perfect answer for you.
Oftentimes, seniors combine Traditional Medicare, a Medicare Supplement Plan and a Prescription Drug Plan for the most comprehensive coverage.
Again, we can help find the most effective insurance plan to suit your healthcare needs. Contact us today for more information.
What to Expect with a Vasectomy
Vasectomies are performed by a Urologist either in their own office or at a surgery center. Regardless of where the procedure is performed, it’s considered outpatient, meaning you return to home the same day.
You’re given a local anesthetic to numb the scrotum but will be awake during the whole procedure. Once numb, the physician will make a small hole in the scrotum to gain access to the vas deferens.
Once the doctor accesses the vas deferens tube, the doctor will cut the tube and then either tie each end, cauterize (burn) or surgically clamp the ends off, before stitching the area back up.
The procedure itself takes only about 15-20 minutes and has a relatively low risk of complications or side effects.
You’re then sent home with the instructions to rest, ice the area, wear tight fitting underwear and limit activity levels. Some discomfort, bruising and swelling is completely normal and usually will only last a few days.
It can take up to three months for the procedure to be completely effective in cutting off the sperm supply. Your physician will test samples routinely to make sure they’re sperm-free.
You’re able to resume sexual intercourse in approximately a few days (in some cases up to two weeks) but a form of birth control is advised until you can provide a sperm-free specimen.
Alternative Procedures to Vasectomies
There are other forms of birth control that may be covered through insurance. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out alternatives to sterilization other than having a vasectomy.
In some cases, obtaining a Medicare Part D Plan or Prescription Drug Plan, may cover oral contraceptives. Additionally, some state assistance programs may provide some family planning services.
Your physician should be able to provide any alternative treatment information so talk to them about birth control options.
Men, Fear Not About Having That Vasectomy
As with any procedure there is always concerns with possible risks and side effects. For men, anything to do with their, “manhood”, obviously brings up even more trepidation. At Mens Health, there’s an amusing article about what hurts worse than a vasectomy. Here are a few of the comical standouts:
- Bee stings and stubbing your toe, hurts worse than a vasectomy.
- Accidentally hitting your thumb with a hammer hurts, worse than a vasectomy.
- Sports trainers have been known to comment that an Achilles tendon rupturing is the most painful injury in young men. So naturally, this too, is more painful than a vasectomy.
- Running a marathon is more, “painful”, than a vasectomy.
- A horrible hangover, a bad case of gas or anything in general that causes stomach pain or nausea, “hurts”, worse than a vasectomy.
- Passing a kidney stone is a given. Ask anyone who’s had to pass one and they will tell you it’s horrible pain. So, passing a kidney stone, is WAY worse than a vasectomy.
- And lastly, according to the author of this hilarious article. Watching the actual procedure of having a vasectomy done is more painful than having the actual vasectomy itself. In fact, according to him, watching any Adam Sandler movie is more, “painful”, than, wait for it…
According to the article, if you’re concerned about having this simple procedure, the benefits of a vasectomy far outweigh the risks. So, if you want to remain, “without child,” call your urologist.