Does Vasectomy cause Impotence?


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Impotence is the impaired ability to allow blood flow into the penis. It may also involve erectile dysfunctions such as premature ejaculation or priapism. At some point in their life, it is estimated that one in ten men will experience some form of erectile dysfunction. The causes of such problems are vast and complicated however. Physical causes such as hormonal disorders, ageing and lifestyle for example, smoking, are known contributors. Another cause is psychological problems. The latter can generally be treated well with therapies such as relationship counseling or even a placebo. Although some surgery has been known to increase the risk of impotence, there is absolutely no evidence to suggest that a vasectomy causes this. Changing the fertility of a man has absolutely no bearing on sexual desire and performance. Vasectomy is an area which will always create rumours and this is a common one. There are absolutely no credible studies which show a relationship between a vasectomy and impotence. Impotence in later life is much more likely to be caused by smoking, high cholesterol or diabetes. Impotence can be improved by exercise and generally becoming healthier. Your doctor will be able to advise you on different things you can try and there really are a wide range of treatment options.

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