A vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilization and permanent contraception that you might be considering once you’ve made up your mind you want no more children (or no children in the first place).
While surgical reversal is possible in some cases, it’s not a guaranteed result—if you’re thinking about getting a vasectomy, you should be very, very sure you are done “making babies.”
It’s a life altering procedure in terms of reproduction, but does it also alter testosterone production? Does having a vasectomy mean you should look into testosterone replacement therapy? Is there a connection between vasectomy and low testosterone?
Vasectomy and Low Testosterone — An Unlikely Connection
While a vasectomy is indeed a life altering procedure in the reproductive sense, it shouldn’t be a life altering procedure in the day to day sense. After recovery, you shouldn’t feel any different or notice any overwhelming changes in your body.
While there are reports of chronic testicular pain by a very small percentage of men, the overwhelming majority of men who have a vasectomy notice no difference at all, including during sexual activities.
Interestingly, it seems that vasectomy and low testosterone are linked in a way you wouldn’t expect—testosterone replacement therapy can actually help alleviate the chronic testicular pain we mentioned above (click here to read the study).
Testosterone production should likewise be unaffected by a vasectomy—the medical literature has mostly shown that vasectomy and low testosterone are unrelated. The large bulk of the research done to link vasectomy and low testosterone production has shown that, in fact, a very small increase in testosterone following a vasectomy is not uncommon (you can read more about of few of the studies into vasectomy and low testosterone here and here .)
Unfortunately, much of this research was done 20 or more years ago—recent research has mostly been in animal production of testosterone following vasectomy. While there is nothing wrong per se with the testosterone findings of the research, these studies were done at a time when prostate cancer and testosterone were still erroneously “linked”, and some of these studies suggest this. We know now that very little evidence links testosterone replacement therapy and prostate cancer. Click here to read more about testosterone replacement therapy and prostate cancer.
Still, our clinical experience has shown that vasectomy and low testosterone may be linked—vasectomy, or it’s subsequent complication, could possibly cause low testosterone. We have seen multiple patients who have noticed some of the symptoms of low testosterone after a vasectomy.
Vasectomy and Low Testosterone — Symptoms to Watch For
Most research has shown that vasectomies have little to no impact on long-term (up to twenty five years) hormone production.
So, with that in mind, testosterone replacement therapy is not directly tied to vasectomy, in a general sense. However, this does not mean that your testosterone levels can’t drop for other reasons.
Although it is quite unlikely that your testosterone levels will drop because of a vasectomy, based on our clinical experience, we would say it is a possibility.
We recommend that you pay close attention to your body after a vasectomy. Here are just some of the symptoms of low testosterone you should keep an eye out for:
- decreased sex drive
- difficulty concentrating
- less effective results from diet and exercise
These and other noticeable differences can be symptomatic of low testosterone, or hypogonadism, a very treatable condition. While vasectomy and low testosterone symptoms are most likely not linked, if their presence arises after having the surgical procedure done, you have options available—that’s where testosterone replacement therapy comes into play.
Low Testosterone Doesn’t Have To Hold You Back
If you feel like you’re lagging behind your normal pace in life, like you’re not up to your own previous standards in the bedroom, or you simply are not feeling the way you want to, it may be low testosterone.
While it probably has not been brought on directly by a vasectomy, and could be purely coincidental in terms of timing, it’s possible.
Click here to contact us for a free consultation. Don’t let your symptoms go untreated any longer than they have to be.