Will surgery af­fect sex life?

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Dear He­len,

I have five chil­dren with an­other on the way. While I am proud to be a fa­ther, given how tough things are I cer­tainly don’t want any more as I need to pro­vide the best for those I have now.

So I’m think­ing about get­ting a va­sec­tomy, but I’m wor­ried that op­er­a­tion might af­fect my erec­tions and sex drive.

Can this type of surgery in any­way mess up my sex life? – Ron­ald

Dear Ron­ald,

Ob­vi­ously I don’t have first hand ex­pe­ri­ence of this pro­ce­dure be­ing a woman, but from talk­ing to sev­eral men who have had one over the years, they are ex­tremely happy that they had it done.

The main thing is that YOU want to have it and you are ob­vi­ously not be­ing pushed to do it by your part­ner. With your mo­ti­va­tion, I don’t an­tic­i­pate you hav­ing any prob­lems ei­ther. A man has to want to do this freely oth­er­wise erec­tile prob­lems can oc­cur for psy­cho­log­i­cal rea­sons.

Af­ter a va­sec­tomy, which is mi­nor surgery, sperm will still be pro­duced in your testes, but with­out them be­ing ejac­u­lated, your body will merely ab­sorb them and ex­crete in the usual way.

You or your part­ner will need to con­tinue us­ing a re­li­able method of con­tra­cep­tion for ap­prox­i­mately 90 days or un­til you have a min­i­mal sperm count, which your doc­tor will dis­cuss with you and ex­plain fur­ther.

Ba­si­cally, it takes time and ejac­u­la­tions to min­imise the amount of sperm still in the tiny tubules within your re­pro­duc­tive sys­tem af­ter in­ter­rupt­ing their usual route out of your body.

As for your erec­tions and sex drive, you should still get your erec­tions as you do now, and your sex drive shouldn’t change ei­ther. You’ll still ejac­u­late as you do now, only with­out sperm mixed in with your se­men. – He­len Send your sex-re­lated ques­tions to sex­plained­bar­ba­[email protected] It’s re­li­able, con­ve­nient and con­fi­den­tial.

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