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Does a Vasectomy Affect Libido?

Does a Vasectomy Affect Libido?

A vasectomy is the most effective permanent form of birth control for men. The procedure involves separating the vas deferens (the tubes that carry sperm to the semen), preventing sperm from reaching the semen during ejaculation.

The question that many men often want to be answered though is, ‘does a vasectomy affect libido’?

What are the Effects of a Vasectomy on Libido?

The bottom line is that most men report no change in libido after having a vasectomy. Although in some cases, men have reported an increase in libido due to feeling more safe and secure about being protected from an unwanted pregnancy.
If you have noticed a decrease in libido after having a vasectomy, it could be linked to a number of other factors including psychological stress, anxiety, hormone changes and decreased interest in sexual activity. It is important to speak to a doctor if you’ve noticed a significant decrease in your libido as a vasectomy shouldn’t have this effect on it.

How Does a Vasectomy Affect Testosterone Levels?

In short, a vasectomy does not affect testosterone levels. Testosterone is a hormone that plays an important role in male sexual desire, and it is not affected by the procedure. It is important to note that it is normal for testosterone levels to fluctuate as men age. Low testosterone levels can lead to decreased libido, but this is not caused by a vasectomy.

How does a vasectomy affect testosterone levels
A vasectomy doesn’t have any effect on the amount of testosterone you produce.

Is There a Link Between Vasectomy and Erectile Dysfunction?

Vasectomies have not been found to have any negative effect on erectile function. In fact, some men report improved erections after having a vasectomy due to the increased sense of security and decreased anxiety about unwanted pregnancy.

However, if you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, it could be a result of other factors, including age, health conditions, lifestyle and psychological factors. It’s also possible that the condition is a sign of an underlying health condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, or high blood pressure.

So if you are experiencing erectile dysfunction, it is important to speak to your doctor to determine the cause and to discuss treatment options. Additionally, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet can often help the issue.

How Can I Manage Libido Changes After a Vasectomy?

If you do experience any changes to your libido after having a vasectomy, there are a few things you should do.

Speak to your doctor

It is important to talk to your doctor about any changes in your libido or other symptoms you may be experiencing. This can help your doctor determine the cause of the changes and recommend appropriate treatments.

Lifestyle changes

Lifestyle changes such as exercise, stress management, and healthy eating can often help improve libido.

Communicate with your partner

Communication with your partner is key. Talking openly and honestly about any libido changes and discussing any concerns can help to overcome any changes.

Manage libido changes after vasectomy


A vasectomy should not affect your sex drive or impact your overall sex life at all. After the procedure, you won’t experience a drop in sexual arousal or testosterone levels. If you are experiencing a change in your libido or are suffering from erectile dysfunction you should talk to your doctor as it may be the result of another underlying issue.

How to book a vasectomy with MSI

If you’d like to contact us to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have, you can fill out our online contact form. Or if you’re ready to book your vasectomy you can fill out our online booking form.


If you have any more questions about whether a vasectomy affects your libido or if you’d like any more information on any of the other services, please don’t hesitate to contact us today. In the meantime check out our FAQs which may be able to provide you with the additional information you’re looking for.

No, there is no evidence to suggest that you’ll last longer after a vasectomy. The procedure shouldn’t affect your sex drive, sexual satisfaction, your ability to ejaculate semen or your sexual performance.
No, a vasectomy should have no direct impact on a man’s mood. This is because a vasectomy doesn’t affect the production of testosterone or any other hormones.
You should avoid any form of sexual activity for at least 7 days. You should also use another method of contraception for the first 3 months as it can take this long to clear the remaining sperm. Once a semen test shows there is zero sperm present, you’re safe to stop using contraception.
Vasectomy complications are rare. However, it is important to note that any surgical procedure carries risks and your doctor will talk you through any possible complications before carrying out the procedure.
Yes, you can get hard after a vasectomy. A vasectomy does not affect sex drive or your ability to get an erection.
No, it is not normal to experience loss of desire after a vasectomy as the procedure should not affect your sex drive. If you are experiencing a loss of desire after having a vasectomy you should speak to your doctor, as it may be a result of other underlying factors.
About the Author

About the Author

Dr Justin Low

Justin received his medical degree from the University of Sydney in 1987 and completed the RACGP Family Medicine Program (FMP) in 1991. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1993. He has performed over 9000 vasectomies since 2011 during which time he developed the MSI No Scalpel Open Ended technique with painless needle technique. He is responsible for training an quality assurance of MSI Vasectomy services across the country.

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