• October 10, 2020
  • Geoff Cashion

In short…no, a vasectomy will not affect your libido. But we can appreciate why someone could feel this way. 

About half a million men opt for a vasectomy each year to prevent getting someone pregnant for the rest of their lives. For some reason, the cliched image seems to stick with a vasectomy, that even today that it can rob men of their manliness. That after a vasectomy, men have reduced libido, sex drive, and performance. But this is a highly erroneous depiction of a very useful medical procedure. The reality is it’s a minor surgery involving tiny tubes called the ‘vas deferens’ that links testicles to urethra. The surgery does not involve any other anatomical structure, including the testicles or the penis.  

After a few weeks of having the procedure, once the surgical wounds heal completely, your sex life can return to normal. There is no decline in your sex drive, arousal, or performance, as your testosterone levels remain unaffected. It is a completely wrong notion that a vasectomy can render men less manly or even less active sexually. On the contrary, most men find their sex life to improve after a vasectomy as they realize the freedom that a vasectomy can bring to them and how much of peace of mind this minor surgery gives them. This sense of freedom can be quite empowering.

Patients Do Complain

However, it is not uncommon to find vasectomy patients complaining to their doctors that as a vasectomy side effect, their sex drive has declined. In the first few weeks following a vasectomy, doctors find some substance to this kind of complaint. While engaging in sexual activity isn’t recommend without protection until your doctor has confirmed the success of the surgery, there is another more common reason for this drop.

That is due to the pain from the surgery. After a vasectomy, it is common to experience some pain during arousal and sexual intercourse, and this pain can distract the person from sexual intimacy. But this period is short. Once the wounds heal completely, and the pain stops permanently, sexual arousal, libido, sex drive, and performance — all come back to normal pre-vasectomy levels.

Mental Barriers

Though, you may still hear those whispers and rumours, that someone’s friend heard stories of someone experiencing a complete loss in their libido. While it is tough to defend against all rumours, there could be another reason why some men may experience a decline in sex drive after a vasectomy.

And that could simply be that they have a deep misunderstanding about the procedure, about what occurred, and they formed a mental barrier around it, impacting their thoughts. They think that something vital has been cut off, when the reality is far simpler and less invasive. It is because of this insufficient knowledge that they believe something could have happened, and they act out in accordance. The reality is that nothing has impacted their testosterone levels, so any such thoughts or feelings, would truly just be, in their head.

Vasectomy Can Improve Your Sex Life

After some time, a vasectomy procedure has been shown to improve the sex life of patients. Of course, for some time patients may grapple with misconceptions that a vasectomy has taken away an important aspect of their manliness. But as their belief seems to have no solid foundation, they will eventually realise that they had been carrying the wrong notion about a vasectomy. It’s their misplaced concern about their sex drive that has been taking a toll on their sex drive. Once a patient gets comfortable with that notion, they can feel more confident and more empowered to engage in sexual activities once again. His body is otherwise as it was before and he can trust it.

A vasectomy is an effective birth control measure for men, with a large number of men undergoing this minor surgery every year. While a vasectomy can still suffer from commonly held negative imagery, especially that it can reduce sexual drive and the patient may never enjoy the same degree of sexual performance as he would in pre-vasectomy. The reality is that it has no physical effects on this, and the reality is the sense of freedom and empowerment can actually cause more men to feel more excitement to engage in sexual activity again.

If you have other questions or concerns about the vasectomy procedure, we’d love to help clarify them for you.  Please contact us on 1800 SNIPME (1800 764 763) or email us at info@vasectomyaustralia.com.au