Top Vasectomy Myths You Should Know

by Alex Shteynshlyuger MD


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Top 5 Vasectomy MythsTop 5 Vasectomy Myths

1. Vasectomy causes erectile dysfunction.

There is no evidence that vasectomy causes difficulties with erections.  There is no biological mechanism by which vasectomy can lead to erectile dysfunction.

2. Vasectomy decreases sexual interest.

There is no evidence that vasectomy has any effect on sexual interest in men.  In fact, many men find himself worrying less about contraception and having more sexual interest.

3. Vasectomy lowers testosterone levels.

There are no studies that show that vasectomy can cause low testosterone levels. The only exception is if a vasectomy is complicated by injury to the testicular artery which is a rare complication.

4. Vasectomy causes prostate cancer.

There are studies that have been published over the past 20 years that claim that vasectomy increases the risk of prostate cancer.  The most recent study shows a 10% increased risk after statistical adjustments. There are as many studies that have been published that show no increase in the risk of prostate cancer after vasectomy.   There is no biological explanation of how vasectomy can lead to increased risk of prostate cancer.  Most likely there is no increase in the risk of prostate cancer and the studies that show increased risk are capturing statistical ‘flutter”

5. Vasectomy affects sexual orgasm

There have been no studies that that reported orgasm problems after vasectomy.

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