Vasectomy is increasingly becoming an accepted male form of birth control, with about 500,000 men getting the procedure each year (1). Various myths have been spread about the procedure, some of which have prevented men from opting for it. Here are the top 5 myths debunked.
Vasectomy Affects Your Sex Drive (Libido)
Your libido is majorly impacted by your testosterone levels which are in no way affected by the vas deferens cut during the procedure. The vasectomy does not interfere with your sex drive since the production of testosterone is not affected. Your ability to have erections feel pleasure and have orgasms should remain unchanged.
After a vasectomy, you may feel a mild ache in your testicles when you are sexually aroused; otherwise, all the other enjoyable aspects of intercourse should remain the same. It is, however, advised that you wait till you are fully recovered before having sex.
Vasectomies Are Risky
A vasectomy is a minor surgery and is very safe. It is a simple outpatient procedure, performed in your doctor’s office. All surgeries have risks, however, and you may experience bruising, mild discomfort, and some swelling.
Vasectomies Are Painful and Have Long Recovery
Most vasectomy patients are fully recovered in one or two weeks tops. After the procedure, you go home and rest. You should be able to resume light work in one or two days, and heavy jobs or exercise in about a week. Refrain from having intercourse for about a week or until you are fully recovered. All this is, however, dependent on how well you follow your urologist’s instructions.
You can take some over the counter painkillers or place a cold pack on your testes to ease the pain and discomfort. You should also wear snug underwear that keeps the testicles from moving too much.
Vasectomies Can Cause Prostate Cancer
No causal relationship has been established between getting a vasectomy and being diagnosed with prostate cancer later in life. Most studies in the subject have indicated that there is no increased risk of prostate cancer after having the procedure done (2).
It should, however, be noted that a vasectomy will not protect you from STDs, so the use of protection should not stop after the procedure.
The Procedure Is 100% Effective Right Away
Even though the vas deferens is blocked and no new sperm can get to the semen, it takes about two to three months, or about 10 to 20 ejaculations, to completely clear the live sperm previously produced from the semen.
After this time, you should get a Semen Analysis test, where your semen is examined under a microscope to check for the presence of live sperm to confirm the procedure’s success.
Vasectomy Myths and facts: Get Verified Information
If you’re thinking of getting a vasectomy, ensure you get all information from verified sources. Vasectomies are a highly effective form of male birth control and your urologist should be able to satisfactorily answer any questions you may have on the procedure.
Links to sources used
- A Urologist Answers Questions About the No-Needle, No-Scalpel Vasectomy – https://www.med.unc.edu/menshealth/a-urologist-answers-questions-about-the-no-needle-no-scalpel-vasectomy/
- Vasectomy and prostate cancer risk: a historical synopsis of undulating false causality – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4958361/