One of the biggest concerns among men considering the snip is how it will affect their sex lives. Severing the vas deferens – the link between the sperm vesicles in the testicles and the rest of the body – usually leads to the same few questions. How does this impact testosterone production? How does this change the consistency of ejaculate fluid? Will there be any problems with erections?
The facts: It doesn’t affect testosterone production. Though the hormone is produced in the testes, it spreads through the blood stream, not through the vas. There is no change in testosterone levels pre- and post-vasectomy.
Sperm only makes up 5% of ejaculate fluid, so there’s hardly a noticeable change. Semen is largely made up of sugars and liquids that feed sperm and help them swim north, and all that fluid is still expelled during an ejaculation. Just missing a few swimmers, is all.
And there is no link between vasectomies and erectile dysfunction. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Studies have shown having a vasectomy tends to improve your sex life.
Less planning, more spontaneity
No more worrying about if the condom broke, whether she remembered to take her pill or making that run to a drug store for a pregnancy test if her period is late. Vasectomies mean sex anywhere, anytime without worrying about pregnancy or needing to keep contraception handy*.
Less stress, better sex
Stress is one of the biggest negative influences on modern sex lives. It can cause erectile dysfunction, mess with testosterone production and alter ovulation in women. Reducing stress, both from not worrying about pregnancy and avoiding financial stress as a result of unplanned pregnancies gets you in the mood and in the moment. Oh yeah, and orgasms are better when you’re not stressed.
Fewer hormones, more sex drive
Hormonal birth control can lower women’s libidos, limiting how often they’re in the mood. Ditch the need for hormones with a vasectomy; greater sex drive, more sex!
The doctors prescribe sex as post-op homework
Men get a sperm count post-vasectomy to make sure it works. But before then, homework is to have 20-25 ejaculations to clear any lingering sperm out from the tubes. Sex tally, anyone? The doctor says you have to…
Guys with vasectomies just get laid more
A study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that guys who had had a vasectomy had sex 5.9 times per month, compared to non-vasectomized men at only 4.9 times per month. After adjusting for variables like age, marital status, and self-reported health status, men who had undergone a vasectomy had 81% higher odds of having intercourse at least once a week, compared to the non-vasectomized men.
So do it for you, do it for her, do it for the sex.
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