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The Vasectomy in Sexual History

Articles / The Vasectomy in Sexual History
Date: Nov 08, 2006 - 08:41 AM

By Jonatas Dornelles
Anthropologist

The loanword “vasectomy” springs from the Latin acronym referred to vas deferens and also the Greek root “toms”, which translated into English means “cut off”. Such sexual procedure has been about for a long time. While in antiquity it took part in the sexual surgery related to the prostrate, it’s currently an option within the prophylactic method.



In 1893, it began to be employed replacing the male castration in the treatment of prostate problems. Refer to benign hypertrophy of prostrate, which rendered this male gland to gradually bulk up its overall size, so much for hampering the urine release. From then on, has become tender stage of any surgical procedure in which the prostate is ablated, so as to curb sexual infections. By the way, every man that back at the day would undergo surgical removal of the prostate would have undergone vasectomy as well.

In the early twentieth century, it was given a slot in the US market aimed to eugenic purposes. Alas, in order to prevent individuals bearing hereditary disorders from having kids therefore pass it on to them. In the same country, its employment range reached as far as criminals, lunatics and mentally disabled. In 1933, twenty-three American states had allowed vasectomy on legal grounds, for such purposes.

Still back in the first decades of the twentieth century, this sexual surgery received major ovation, because of the belief that such sexual pattern would provide some supposed “sexual youthful” to the elder male.

Such hypothetic side effect got description in 1910 by an Austrian physiologist, Eugene Steinach. Coming from experiments on rats, Steinach was made believe that by linking up the vans deferens would promote atrophy in the testicular cells responsible by the spermatozoa production. So, at the same time, boosted increase in the cell work up that produced the male sexual hormone- aka testosterone.

To this scientist’s mind, the increase in the cell count would equal to the increase in hormonal production and, consequently, a boost up on the man’s sexual virility. All of which was never proved on grounds practice. Such collaterals couldn’t be confirmed by other experts. Even so, remains up until today the misconception that the vasectomy promotes virility enhancement.

Prior to undergoing vasectomy, the man ought to go through urological screenings. The surgery, barely noticeable, can be conducted at the medical clinic. Certain medicals might run it up on their own. The surgery consists of one or two minute incisions, at about 1’ lengthwise, done on the skin of scrotum.

Once incision done, the doctor pinches on the two margins, in and around 1’ apart from one another measurement wise. Shortly thereafter, sections and extracts the surrounding portion between the two pinched ends.  Finally, the doctor relocates in its place the now sectioned canal, gets the incision sealed by the surgical suture then dresses up the wound.   

He may wear, then, briefs, a swim trunk or a pair of jockstraps, so as to sustain the scrotum well-steady and prevent further strain on the invaded area. Upon homebound he should avoid getting it wet until the day after, and would be able to engage in strenuous physical effort only after two days. On top of that, he should refrain from having sexual relations by five days.




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