Sometimes men worry their sex lives will be forever different after getting “snipped.” However, vasectomy is a very common and safe procedure that does not negatively affect male sexual performance.
“After vasectomy a man still has erections and ejaculates like normal during orgasm; vasectomy just stops sperm from entering semen,” says Stanton Honig, MD, director of the Male Reproductive Health and Male Sexual Medicine programs at Yale Medicine Urology. “In fact, many couples find their intimacy improves because they don’t need to worry about pregnancy.”
Vasectomy is a simple, outpatient procedure that causes minimal discomfort or downtime. It also prevents pregnancy better than all the other options out there—except abstaining from sex altogether, of course. So if you’re looking for a permanent option for family planning, vasectomy may be an excellent choice.
“Vasectomy is quick and easy. While I am doing it, my patients and I talk sports, about their kids and jobs. Then, 15 minutes later, we’re done,” says Dr. Honig, who is one of the authors of the national urologic guidelines on vasectomy for physicians.