The subject of vasectomies in the UAE are a popular topic on our forum – here’s what you need to know
15 April 2019| Last updated on 19 April 2020
Is your husband wanting a vasectomy done in Dubai? Here’s a guide.
Ah, vasectomies. A topic of conversation that is enough to stop a grown man in his tracks. But what might be an easy discussion between a husband and wife elsewhere can prove a little trickier to navigate in the UAE.
That’s because when it comes to the topic of male sterilisation in this country, there’s a lot of grey area.
Frequently raised on our forum, it seems nobody really does know whether a vasectomy in Dubai is legal or not. So we’ve pulled together this guide to help clear some things for you.
What is a vasectomy?
First, let’s start with the basics – what exactly is a vasectomy? Knowing how the procedure is completed and what it does is fundamental to understanding the legalities of the surgery in the UAE.
A vasectomy – or male sterilisation – is a surgical procedure to cut or seal the tubes that carry a man’s sperm to permanently prevent pregnancy. It’s usually performed under local anaesthetic, where you’re awake but don’t feel any pain, and it takes up to 15 minutes to complete.
There are 2 types of vasectomy available; a conventional vasectomy, which uses a scalpel, or a no-scalpel vasectomy, which uses more of a key-hole approach.
Both vasectomy surgeries are considered 99% effective and permanent. They’re very difficult to reverse, so be sure that it’s the right decision for you and your partner. Which is why when it comes to the legalities of them in Dubai and UAE, things get a little tricky.
Are vasectomies illegal in Dubai and UAE?
The UAE is an Islamic country, and thus Sharia law is followed. As per Islamic law, family planning is allowed so long as the method used is not irreversible.
For instance, it is allowed for a woman to have her tubes tied to prevent pregnancy, if the procedure is temporary and reversible and would not lead to her being permanently unable to conceive. The procedure should not cause any life-threatening conditions, either.
Once a woman’s tubes are untied, she would be able to have the ability to conceive again.
This logic is also applied to men under Islamic law, and the topic of vasectomies.
As the procedure is considered a permanent method of male sterilization, you would be right to assume that under Islamic law, vasectomies are illegal.
However, vasectomy reversals are available nowadays – and are offered by several health clinics in Dubai, too! Including Fakih IVF.
So are vasectomies in Dubai legal or not?
We would encourage you to speak with your Doctor before deciding anything. According to the Day Surgical Centre Regulation document released in 2012 by the Dubai Health Authority, vasectomies are an allowed procedure/surgery that can be performed in a DSC setting.
Where to have a vasectomy reversal in Dubai
Having a vasectomy reversal in Dubai means undergoing a microsurgical operation, during which the tubes (vas deferens) that were first cut during your vasectomy are reconnected to allow natural conception.
It’s important to understand that the success of a vasectomy reversal is typically dependent on the amount of tie that has passed since the vasectomy, and patients should be aware that even when the vasectomy reversal is successful and the ability to release sperm in the ejaculate returns, sometimes the sperm is unable to fertilise an egg and IVF may also be required.
Where to have a vasectomy in Dubai?
We understand that there are only a few licenced practitioners able to perform vasectomies in Dubai – but the consensus is to seek the help of a Urologist and discuss your needs with them.
Find the nearest Urologist to you by using our wellness directory here.