Ejaculation after Vasectomy: What a Vasectomy Does & Does Not Do
When a man has undergone a vasectomy, he is sometimes said to be “shooting blanks.” But this metaphor is inaccurate. Really, the more apt statement would be that he is firing rubber bullets. It is a common misconception that a vasectomy will rob you of your ability to ejaculate altogether, but this is patently false. So what are the facts? Read on for more information on ejaculation after vasectomy and what a vasectomy actually does and does NOT do.
Stop the Sperm, Not the Semen – Ejaculation after Vasectomy
During vasectomy surgery, the surgeon snips the vas deferens, part of your body’s sperm transporting system. Specifically, the vas deferens are the tubules that connect the epididymis to the ejaculatory ducts. So only sperm travels through the vas deferens, not semen.
During ejaculation, semen exits the urethra to spurt outside the body. Normally, that semen contains sperm. Once you have had a vasectomy, however, your semen will be sperm-free.
Note that a vasectomy does not change the characteristics of your semen in any noticeable way. You will not produce significantly less semen. Your semen will not change color or have an altered consistency. Semen is generated in the prostate and seminal vesicles, and these organs are not touched during a vasectomy.
What about Orgasm after Vasectomy?
Orgasm or sexual climax in men is the phenomenon during which ejaculation occurs. It is accompanied by a number of other physiologic responses. Once again, a vasectomy in no way affects your ability to orgasm. This includes the intensity and duration of your orgasms as well.
There is another myth out there that having a vasectomy makes it more difficult for a man to reach orgasm. If true, this could be a blessing or a curse. You would be able to “last longer” in bed, but too much resistance to climax could easily become frustrating. Either way, this rumor is distinctly false. Orgasm is the result of physical and psychological stimuli, and severing the vas deferens has no effect on this process.
Libido and Manliness
Somewhat like orgasm, an interaction of psychological and physical factors produces the male libido or sex drive. Hormones, diet, fatigue, and emotions are all ingredients in a man’s libido. Intact vas deferens simply have no place in the equation. Simply put, a vasectomy will not change your libido for the better or worse.
The same is true for the nebulous concept of “manliness.” In a physical sense, some think of manliness as having certain male sexual characteristics – a deep voice, body and facial hair, etc. The sex hormone testosterone largely regulates these characteristics, and, once again, testosterone is not affected by a vasectomy.
Nothing to Worry About
Once you have recovered from your postoperative soreness and produced a semen sample verified as free of sperm, your vasectomy will allow you to have sex without the risk of accidental pregnancy. Other than that, the procedure will have absolutely no physical effects.
Really, the only negative impact a vasectomy could possibly have on your sex life, sexuality, or “maleness” is a psychological one. If you buy into any of the myths outlined above, you could potentially convince yourself that your libido is lower or that your semen volume has decreased. Of course, now you know better.
Is Getting a Vasectomy an Option for You?
If you’re contemplating vasectomy surgery in New York, please contact Dr. Harry Fisch for a consultation to discuss this option.