“Is A Vasectomy Right For Me?”
All About Semen & Vasectomies
The word “vasectomy” makes men uncomfortable. However, aside from the initial intimidation/fear factor, vasectomies are a safe and effective way of sterilizing men and preventing contraception. When performed correctly, a vasectomy patient will be able to return to their normal lifestyle within days (or weeks at most).
Surgical and Procedural Overview
Vasectomies are a relatively minor surgical procedure. You’ll be in and out of the doctor’s office in a matter of hours. The doc makes a tiny incision in your scrotum at the base of your penis, then goes in with a small instrument and snips the tube that carries your sperm cells. That’s it.
A vasectomy is minor surgery, and with it come some side effects. Expect some minor pain for a few weeks, and some bruising and possible bleeding. These minor ‘complications’ are part of the recovery and shouldn’t last long.
Some men can even get the procedure finished in a few hours and head back to work the same day, although taking a few days off and resting is more common. Physical activity should be avoided for a week or two, but you’ll be good as new in short time.
Vasectomy Reversal – Is It Possible?
While any man going into a vasectomy should understand that it is designed to be a permanent procedure, there are some circumstances where it is reversible – called vasovasectomy. Never expect to be able to reverse it, but a percentage of men are able to have reverse vasectomies. The doctor will go in and try to repair/reattach the vas deferens that was cut in the original procedure, and with any luck you might be able to reverse your vasectomy.
Common reasons for wanting a vasectomy reversal are:
- deciding to have children
- the stigma of being infertile/sterile
- belief that the vasectomy changed sex drive or orgasms
“Will a Vasectomy Effect My Sex Drive or Semen Volume?”
Not directly, no. Your body will continue to do everything the exact same as before. It will still produce semen and sperm at the same rate (the sperm just can’t get out). You will still have the same normal testosterone production levels after a vasectomy. Your orgasms will feel the same, and your erections will not change at all either, so there’s no need to worry about that.
However there are many cases where men suddenly find an increase in their sex drive after their vasectomy. This isn’t a direct result of the surgery but a side-effect of knowing that you can now have sex anywhere, anytime, without the worry of pregnancy or a condom.
Believe it or not while there’s no clinical reason to have a higher sex drive, there’s a rough percentage of 20-40% of men who claim their sex life and libido actually increases after their vasectomy!
And for those men who enjoy large ejaculations, there’s no need to worry about your semen production dropping after a vasectomy. As mentioned before, there’s no difference in your body other than the fact that your sperm just can’t get out now. You’ll still produce the same amount of seminal fluid as before the procedure. If you do notice a small (10%) drop in your semen volume it’s not totally uncommon, and you should give one of the better sperm pills on the market a try….they’re better than you might believe!