Child-free living is very common among vegans, so contraception is likely one of the most important concerns for people who live this lifestyle. However, not all forms of contraception are healthy or even vegan.
A vasectomy is the best and most vegan-friendly form of contraception for men and couples who either don’t want kids or don’t want any more “surprises.”
Here are 11 reasons why you (or your partner) should forget about all other birth control methods and consider getting a vasectomy.
1. Condoms Are Not Vegan
While some condoms are vegan, the vast majority are not. They generally contain casein, a milk protein, and some condoms are even tested on animals (yeah, weird right?).
I’m certainly not suggesting you stop buying condoms and start raw dogging one night stands, but for those in a long-term, monogamous relationship, there might be a better option.
2. Condoms Are Wasteful
10.4 billion male condoms were used worldwide in 2005 alone. That’s a lot of trash. If you’re vegan for environmental reasons, you may want to consider an alternative form of birth control if possible.
3. “The Pill” Is Not Healthy (or Vegan)
All medications come with side effects. Taking the birth control pill is no different.
Side effects can include a change in sex drive, nausea, sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain, bleeding or spotting between periods, and worst of all, it has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, stroke, high blood pressure, heart attack and cervical cancer.
Further, the US Food and Drug Administration requires all prescription medication to be tested on animals. Many other countries like the UK do as well.
Additionally, pretty much all the birth control pills on the market contain milk.
4. The Shot Is Really Bad For You
While the birth control shot is considered “very safe” by Planned Parenthood, it can come with its own side effects, which include depression, weight gain, nausea, and many women who use the shot completely stop getting their period after roughly a year.
The scariest part is that users can experience loss of bone density. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration even requires Depo-Provera to include a warning about this issue on their label.
5. The Pull out Method: Just … No
Question: What do you call couples who use the pull out method?
All kidding aside, according to Planned Parenthood, the pull out method is actually 96% effective when done correctly every time, but good luck doing that.
6. Vasectomy Is Better Than Tying Tubes
Couples who are completely sure they don’t want (any more) children need a permanent solution, which means sterilization.
Tubal ligation costs more, has a higher recovery time, lower success rate and an increased risk of complication, so it’s better the man takes one for the team.
7. A Vasectomy Is Quick and Simple
Nowadays, a vasectomy is a quick, simple procedure. You can have a no-scalpel, no-needle and no-stitches procedure that will have you in and out of the doctor’s office within 30 minutes.
8. The Vasectomy Pain Is Minimal
As someone who has gotten a vasectomy, I can assure you that as long as you go with the most modern technique, there is no pain during the procedure and just some soreness for a few days after the local anesthesia wears off, which some ice will very easily take care of.
I walked half a mile the night of my vasectomy (though that is not recommended), was back at work two days later, and I was having sex again just three days after the procedure.
9. A Vasectomy Is Permanent
One of the best parts about the procedure is that it’s one and done. It’s still a good idea for a man to check his semen yearly just to maintain peace of mind, but that can be done from home with a male fertility test kit.
Men who still plan on having children can also get a vasectomy and freeze their sperm for later use for as little as $100 per year (cheaper in some countries).
10. It Works and Side Effects Are Rare
Side effects include inflammation, swelling, and blood clots (down there), but almost all the side effects are rare, and according to Planned Parenthood, a vasectomy is nearly 100% effective.
11. The Sex Is Amazing
There is nothing more liberating than being able to have worry-free sex. I’ll spare you the details, but intimacy becomes a million times better.