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Does a Vasectomy Affect Your Sex Life?

As he was
leaving after his vasectomy procedure,
he suddenly turned around. With a big smile, and with the highest bird-chirp-shrill
of a voice, he said: “Nice job, doc! Didn’t feel a thing!” And with that,
he summed up the grass-roots understanding of what a vasectomy is: a male
neutering exercise. Sorry guys, but that’s not the case!


During a
vasectomy, the tiny, muscular, paired tubes that run from the testicles to the
urethra are interrupted to block the flow of sperm during ejaculation. In this
way, men shoot blanks. But, during this finely tuned 10-minute
nothing else is touched down there. That
means that the testicles, the penis, and all of the anatomical goodies that go
with them, are left alone.

as Usual

So, when men
report that their erections worsen or that their sex drive has fallen like a
brick after having a vasectomy, I believe them. But I don’t typically ascribe
it to an irreversible consequence of the procedure. I look for other reasons.
And the number one reason is pain. Early on, surgical pain after a vasectomy
can definitely affect your sex life. Men worry that sex will hurt and that puts
a damper on sex drive and erections. But when that discomfort dissipates,
things fall right back into place. Business as usual. Likewise, congestion or
discomfort after the procedure can put a damper on sex for some time, but
things should normalize once these issues resolve.

The number
two reason for altered sex life after vasectomy is a general concern that
“things won’t be the same.” You shouldn’t notice a change in the amount of
semen that pours forth. And your testosterone levels will be as high as they
ever were. Your testicles won’t hang any differently and your penis will be as
long and hard as it ever was. Unfortunately, these concerns are stressful and
stress kills libido and erections. Thankfully, as men start having sex again,
trust is reestablished that the system works just fine.

Let Your
Body Go

commonly, I see that a vasectomy improves the quality of men’s sex lives. No
more worry about pulling out, spilled seed, whether she took the pill, or the
time of the month. There is something very liberating for both men and women
about not having to think about contraception while in the throes of sex. After
a vasectomy, sex again becomes the most fun that you can have without laughing.

This article first appeared on Dr.
Turek’s blog

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

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