Sex Drive after a Vasectomy : A guide to Vasectomy

A big question for many men after a vasectomy is ‘has the surgery affected my sex drive?’

There should be no change to your sex drive, ability to have an erection or your masculinity in general. A vasectomy does not affect testosterone levels and this will be produced in exactly the same way as before.

A vasectomy prevents sperm from entering your semen and thus leading to a pregnancy. It does not affect how you produce sperm, ejaculation or hormone levels. You might be interested to know that your semen only contains 5% sperm so this surgery makes no difference to it.

You will still produce sperm as per normal but this is reabsorbed by your body without any harm to yourself.

If you do notice any decrease in your sex life, for example a decline in your ‘performance’then this is likely to be psychological rather than physical.

What often happens is that there is a delayed reaction to the realisation that you are infertile and so unable to father a child. Some men find this distressing or a slur on their masculinity; others find that they become anxious or depressed as a result of this which then impacts upon their sexual performance.

This can be more traumatic for some men than others who react by feeling angry, regretful or depressed at what has happened. Others report a drop in confidence and self-esteem.

This is often why doctors recommend seeing a counsellor before surgery so that you are fully aware of the impact of a vasectomy and how you might feel afterwards. This is particularly important with younger men who may be more inclined to regret their decision or change their mind later on.

Talk to your partner or seek professional advice.

If there is a physical cause then it is likely to be ‘post-vasectomy pain syndrome’ which can be treated by a vasectomy reversal.

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