When it comes to getting a vasectomy, one of the main concerns that many men have is whether the procedure will have a negative impact on their sex drive. Although this is a common belief, vasectomies actually have no impact on the body’s physiological processes and should have no effect on libido.
The Male Reproductive System
To understand how little impact vasectomies have on sex drive, it’s best to understand how the internal male reproductive system works. This complex system consists of several organs, each designed to either produce, maintain, or transport sperm.
Sperm is produced in the testicles and then transferred to the epididymis, which is responsible for storing and maturing the sperm cells. The vas deferens is a long muscular tube that connects the epididymis to the penis. When a man becomes sexually aroused, the epididymis pushes the sperm into the vas deferens.
The vas deferens then transports the mature sperm to the penis. As the sperm passes through, it mixes with semen, which is a mixture of fluids produced by the seminal vesicles, prostate gland, and bulbourethral glands. This entire system is powered by male sex hormones, the primary types being follicle-stimulating hormones, luteinizing hormones, and testosterone.
How Vasectomies Work
During a traditional vasectomy procedure, the doctor makes very small incisions with a scalpel into the scrotum in order to reach the vas deferens. In the minimally invasive no-scalpel vasectomy, the doctor makes a tiny hole instead of a cut in the scrotum. The vas deferens are then cut and tied, and the remaining ends are sealed via searing or stitches.
After a vasectomy, the only thing that changes in the male reproductive system is that sperm is blocked from moving from the epididymis into the seminal fluid. Semen is still produced and pushed through to the penis during sexual stimulation, but without any sperm present. Everything else, such as the production of male sex hormones, which are responsible for libido, the ability to have an erection, and the ability to orgasm, should continue to function as normal.
In fact, many men report that their sex lives improve after they have a vasectomy. As a form of birth control, vasectomies are over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy, which endows some men with a sense of freedom and spontaneity, both of which can enhance personal confidence and the experience of sex.
It’s a common misconception that the male sex drive declines after a vasectomy. The procedure has no impact on the production of male hormones. For some men, it can even improve sex life.
If you’re thinking about getting a vasectomy and have questions about any aspect of the procedure, recovery, or success rates, schedule a consultation with Dr. Martin Bastuba of San Diego Vasectomy Center today.