Will I see a change in my sex life after a vasectomy?

I would like to get a vasectomy after we're done having children, but am worried that it will affect our sex life.

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (12)


Answered by Ranjith Ramasamy M.D.

There is no change in sex life after vasectomy. In fact, sexual frequency has reportedly increased after vasectomy.

Published on Jan 08, 2019

Answered by Ranjith Ramasamy M.D. (View Profile)

There is no change in sex life after vasectomy. In fact, sexual frequency has reportedly increased after vasectomy.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by John C. McHugh, MD

No. In fact, studies have shown that couples who've had a vasectomy have an increase in their sex life.

Sperm leaves the testicles through the vas deferens, and this is what is disrupted and causing sterility. Testosterone is distributed to the body through the bloodstream, so this is not affected. How things feel, the quality of the erection and sex drive is not affected either. And, no, your voice won't change.

Over 500,000 vasectomies are done each year in the US, and it is second to tubal ligation in terms of the most popular form of surgical birth control.

Published on Dec 30, 2018

Answered by John C. McHugh, MD (View Profile)

No. In fact, studies have shown that couples who've had a vasectomy have an increase in their sex life.

Sperm leaves the testicles through the vas deferens, and this is what is disrupted and causing sterility. Testosterone is distributed to the body through the bloodstream, so this is not affected. How things feel, the quality of the erection and sex drive is not affected either. And, no, your voice won't change.

Over 500,000 vasectomies are done each year in the US, and it is second to tubal ligation in terms of the most popular form of surgical birth control.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Allen Futral, MD

The vas deferens is the conduit for the sperm cells, only it will not effect your sexual function at all. The semen volume will go down only 5%, but hormone levels do not change.

Published on May 18, 2015

Answered by Allen Futral, MD (View Profile)

The vas deferens is the conduit for the sperm cells, only it will not effect your sexual function at all. The semen volume will go down only 5%, but hormone levels do not change.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Tae-Woong Im, MD

You shouldn't see any changes to your sex life after vasectomy. It will not change your libido.

Published on May 14, 2015

Answered by Tae-Woong Im, MD (View Profile)

You shouldn't see any changes to your sex life after vasectomy. It will not change your libido.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Jeffrey Alan Moody, MD

As a urologist AND a vasectomy patient myself, I can tell you both scientifically and personally, vasectomy does nothing to sex drive, erection, or even ejaculation. All we are doing with vasectomy is disconnecting the supply of sperm into the prostate. The prostate is where all of the fluid is made for ejaculation, so no change in that at all. Sperm is only about 1% of semen volume. A major concern for many men with vasectomy is testosterone production. Testosterone is made in a separate cell type in the testes, completely separate from the cells that make sperm, so absolutely no effect on those testosterone (Leydig) cells. Hope that helps!

Published on May 14, 2015

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Answered by Jeffrey Alan Moody, MD

As a urologist AND a vasectomy patient myself, I can tell you both scientifically and personally, vasectomy does nothing to sex drive, erection, or even ejaculation. All we are doing with vasectomy is disconnecting the supply of sperm into the prostate. The prostate is where all of the fluid is made for ejaculation, so no change in that at all. Sperm is only about 1% of semen volume. A major concern for many men with vasectomy is testosterone production. Testosterone is made in a separate cell type in the testes, completely separate from the cells that make sperm, so absolutely no effect on those testosterone (Leydig) cells. Hope that helps!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Hugh B. Perkin, MD

Interestingly studies show that female partners of patients with vasectomies actually have an increase in satisfaction after the procedure. In terms of the male, you will continue to have a normal ejaculation and orgasm. However, no sperm will be present in the ejaculate. Hope that helps!

Published on May 14, 2015

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Answered by Hugh B. Perkin, MD

Interestingly studies show that female partners of patients with vasectomies actually have an increase in satisfaction after the procedure. In terms of the male, you will continue to have a normal ejaculation and orgasm. However, no sperm will be present in the ejaculate. Hope that helps!

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Neil H. Baum, MD

No change in your sex life will occur after a vasectomy. The procedure only blocks the sperm entrance into your ejaculate and does nothing to the blood supply to the testicle or affect the testosterone level which is responsible for your sex drive. If your sex life is good, it remains good after the procedure.

Published on May 14, 2015

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Answered by Neil H. Baum, MD

No change in your sex life will occur after a vasectomy. The procedure only blocks the sperm entrance into your ejaculate and does nothing to the blood supply to the testicle or affect the testosterone level which is responsible for your sex drive. If your sex life is good, it remains good after the procedure.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Farhad B. Nowzari, MD, FACS

You should not have any changes in sex life after vasectomy.

Published on May 14, 2015

Answered by Farhad B. Nowzari, MD, FACS (View Profile)

You should not have any changes in sex life after vasectomy.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Larry I. Lipshultz, MD

There is no negative impact on sexual function after a vasectomy. In fact, many couples describe more sexual spontaneity, since they are no longer worried about undesired pregnancies.

Published on May 14, 2015

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Answered by Larry I. Lipshultz, MD

There is no negative impact on sexual function after a vasectomy. In fact, many couples describe more sexual spontaneity, since they are no longer worried about undesired pregnancies.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Theodore V. Benderev, MD

A vasectomy shouldn't affect a man's sexual function. It isn't expected to reduce sex drive or sensation. Since testosterone is produced by the substance of the testicles and is released directly into the bloodstream, rather than through the vas, a vasectomy doesn't affect male hormone levels. The semen appears the same, though the very small volume of sperm cells is missing. While sex can be more spontaneous after a vasectomy, it shouldn't be considered a solution for sexual or marital problems.

Published on May 14, 2015

Answered by Theodore V. Benderev, MD (View Profile)

A vasectomy shouldn't affect a man's sexual function. It isn't expected to reduce sex drive or sensation. Since testosterone is produced by the substance of the testicles and is released directly into the bloodstream, rather than through the vas, a vasectomy doesn't affect male hormone levels. The semen appears the same, though the very small volume of sperm cells is missing. While sex can be more spontaneous after a vasectomy, it shouldn't be considered a solution for sexual or marital problems.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Stephen F. Shaban, MD

No you really should not have any adverse changes, and in fact because Sex will likely be more spontaneous and you won't have to worry about an unwanted pregnancy.
your sex life might be even more spontaneous and enjoyable

Published on May 14, 2015

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Answered by Stephen F. Shaban, MD

No you really should not have any adverse changes, and in fact because Sex will likely be more spontaneous and you won't have to worry about an unwanted pregnancy.
your sex life might be even more spontaneous and enjoyable

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Marvin L. Stein, MD, FACS

It will be better since no fear of the unexpected

Published on May 14, 2015

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Answered by Marvin L. Stein, MD, FACS

It will be better since no fear of the unexpected

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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