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Will vasectomy affect my sex life?

Vasectomy will not affect your sex life. It does not decrease your sex drive because it does not affect the production of the male hormone testosterone. It also does not affect your ability to get an erection or ejaculate semen. Because the sperm make up a very small amount of the semen, you will not notice a difference in the amount of semen you ejaculate.2,8

Is vasectomy linked to cancer?

Research shows that vasectomy does not increase a man's risk of cancer. Some studies in the 1990s found that men who had undergone vasectomy had higher rates of prostate cancer. However,  findings from more recent studies have conclusively shown no link between vasectomy and prostate cancer. Indeed, men who have vasectomy are no more likely to get prostate cancer than men who do not have vasectomy.9 Vasectomy also does not increase a man's risk of testicular cancer.7

Does having a vasectomy change my risk for sexually transmitted diseases?

A vasectomy does not protect you from getting or passing on any sexually transmitted disease (STD), including HIV. You must still use condoms or another barrier method to protect yourself from STDs.

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