A simple but common question our vasectomy clinic receives is about what happens to sperm after a vasectomy has been performed. This question is entirely understandable. After all, the purpose of a vasectomy is to remove sperm from a man’s semen so that when he ejaculates during intercourse, pregnancy does not occur. However, we know that just because a man has had a vasectomy, does not mean that he stops producing sperm. So, in short, where does it go? What happens after the procedure is complete and determined to be a success?
What happens to sperm after a vasectomy?
After a vasectomy has taken place, the testicles continue to produce sperm. However, because the vas deferens (i.e. the tubes that connect the testicles to the urethra) are cut during a vasectomy, the sperm is prevented from being transported out of the testes, through the male reproductive system, and out through the penis. The rest of the male reproductive system continues to produce seminal fluid, however, hence why men are still able to ejaculate after getting a vasectomy. There simply aren’t any sperm present in the ejaculate.
Instead, the sperm simply remain in the testes. Eventually, the sperm cells disintegrate and become reabsorbed into the body. This process will continue as long as the vasectomy is not later reversed. Men who have had a vasectomy will not notice a difference in their sex life, testosterone, libido, or ejaculation. The lack of sperm does not impact post-procedure patients.
How do I know if my vasectomy was successful?
One of the most important parts of confirming the success of a vasectomy is to actually attend the appointment where you’ll need to provide a semen sample so your semen can be tested for the presence of sperm. If sperm is detected, then the procedure was not a success. This is relatively rare though, as vasectomies have high success rates. However, because it is possible, it is essential that patients do attend this appointment and confirm the results before engaging in sex without contraception. This test normally takes place around three months after a vasectomy.
If you’re in the San Diego area and are considering getting a vasectomy, contact the San Diego Vasectomy Center today to talk about your options with a leading vasectomy surgeon.