A vasectomy is considered to be one of the simplest, safest, and most effective male health procedures. Nevertheless, many potential patients remain hesitant, due to misconceptions about its impact on testosterone and general sexual performance. Not only does a vasectomy have no hormonal impact, but other sexual measures, such as libido, are left unaffected. In fact, many patients report that vasectomies actually help improve their sex lives.
A Quick Overview of the Vasectomy Procedure
When performed by a skilled urologist specializing in microsurgery, the no-needle, no-scalpel vasectomy procedure takes only about 10-30 minutes. This vasectomy method uses a hypospray to instantly numb the scrotal area, where the surgeon makes a tiny puncture hole. The vas deferens (aka the tubes that transport sperm to the penis) are gently lifted, cut, tied, and put back, free of stitches or sutures. In addition to a quick recovery, no narcotic pain-relief medications are needed and there are minimal side effects and discomfort.
The Relationship Between Testosterone and Vasectomy
Without a thorough understanding of the male reproductive system, it’s understandable why someone might have concerns about how a vasectomy may impact other aspects of their sexual function and performance, particularly when it comes to the production of testosterone. As the primary sex hormone in males, testosterone is produced by both the testicles and the adrenal glands. Testosterone is vital for many aspects of male sexual development and reproductive health, including sex drive, facial hair, and deep voice. However, while a vasectomy separates the sperm from entering into the ejaculate, it has no impact on testosterone production or release. Furthermore, the procedure does not disrupt the testicles’ development, nor will it change testicular blood flow.
How Vasectomy Impacts Other Male Sexual Parameters
Testosterone aside, vasectomy has no impact on other reproductive organs or functions, except that your semen will no longer contain sperm. The only form of permanent male birth control, vasectomies can often improve your sex life, freeing you from conception or pregnancy concerns. It’s also safer and more effective than tubal ligation, the equivalent female procedure. This procedure is not performed near the penis, meaning there’s no risk of erectile dysfunction. Additionally, ejaculation is spared, as 99% of semen production occurs in the prostate and the seminal vesicles.
Learn How Vasectomy Impacts Testosterone Function
Among the safest, most effective male health procedures, vasectomy does not affect sexuality, including testosterone. You, your partner, and your urologist can discuss this procedure’s outcome and benefits. If you’d like to schedule a vasectomy or for general questions, we invite you to contact the San Diego Vasectomy Center today.