How old do I need to be to get a vasectomy?

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The age of men who have vasectomies can vary as much as their reasons for getting one. Legally anyone over the age of 18 is allowed to have one.

However, there are other considerations to take into account around emotional maturity and preparedness. Legally speaking, anyone over the age of 18 is eligible for the procedure, and there is no medical referral required in order to consult with a vasectomist.

How old do I need to be to get a vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a method of contraception for people who have decided that they don’t ever want children, or who have children and are certain they don’t want more. Both of these decisions require a level of emotional and intellectual maturity because they will have permanent consequences.

Men under the age of 30, who have not had children, may not have had the opportunity to thoroughly consider the impact of this decision on their life, or on the life of their current or future partner. For this reason, some vasectomists are uncomfortable performing permanent sterilisation on men under 30 years old.

This does not mean that men under 30 are excluded from being able to have the procedure, but that doing so will require a consultation with the vasectomist around the reasons they are electing to have the procedure done.

For instance, some young men will chose to have a vasectomy in order not to pass on any serious health concerns they know to be genetic. In this case their age would not be an excluding factor.

When deciding on whether to have a vasectomy, it is less an issue of age and more a case of ensuring you have thoroughly assessed your feelings on the matter and are choosing to do so for the right reasons.

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