Erectile dysfunction can be defined as the inability to achieve or maintain an erection long enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse. It is a very common concern for men who are considering having a vasectomy. It is very rare for vasectomy to cause erectile dysfunction.
Vasectomy is a quick outpatient procedure that may be carried out in some sort of medical setting such as a doctor's office; it does not have to involve a visit to the hospital. The pain is minimal and is performed with the use of a local anesthetic.
A vasectomy is a permanent form of contraception. In order to prevent pregnancy, the sperm produced in the testicles must be prevented from entering the semen. This is done by cutting, tying or searing two tubes called the vas deferens which carry sperm from the testicles to the urethra. It is from the urethra that sperm would be expelled from the penis during ejaculation.
Once cut, the sperm are unable to travel down into the urethra as the path is blocked reducing the chances of sperm being able to the female and fertilising the egg. After the procedure, you may be advised to take 2 - 3 days off work and to avoid any heavy manual work and sexual intercourse for about a week
The contraceptive effects of vasectomy will not be immediate as sperm will remain in the vas deferens for up to three months and couples should use an alternative form of contraception for this time.
Whilst it is a very reliable form of contraception it is not 100% foolproof, failing in 1 - 2 women in every thousand
There are some short term risks associated with having a vasectomy and they include the following:
Some long term consequences of vasectomy are positive and may include an improved sex life. This is likely to be a result of the couple being less anxious about the chances of becoming pregnant accidentally.
There are other risks following the procedure, however, including the following:
Serious complications are very rare after a vasectomy. Possible complications can include:
We have looked at the extremely rare complications that might result in a person developing erectile dysfunction, so let us look more closely at how the procedure is actually carried out and why the risks of this happening are minimal
The most commonly carried out vasectomy procedure is called a non-scalpel vasectomy. During this procedure, the surgeon uses his fingers to feel for the vas deferens under the skin in the scrotum. They will simply make a tiny hole in the skin, pull the vas through then cut, tie or sear it.
Consider that in the process of achieving erections, the following happens:
When a vasectomy is carried out, none of the above procedures are interfered with, the only part of the body which is affected is the vas deferens and the sperm which cannot travel down the vas deferens after the procedure. The body will absorb all the sperm that are produced.
There are many misconceptions that surround vasectomies. The only result of vasectomy is that the semen ejaculated will not contain any sperm and so are unable to fertilise an egg.
What a vasectomy will not do is:
The one thing that must be considered at length before deciding to have a vasectomy is whether or not you are likely to want some or more children in the future. The procedure should be considered as a permanent form of contraception
If you have a partner it is important that you discuss the decision with them as the outcome will affect both of you. You may also need to consider life changes that may happen in the future such as relationship break ups and the possible death of a partner, both of which are major changes in circumstances.
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