Do Vasectomies Lower Testosterone? 

June 23, 2024

Vasectomies are increasing; many men are choosing to pursue this safe and affordable form of family planning. One of the questions we often hear from patients is “does vasectomy lower testosterone?” It’s a great question! The process of vasectomy effectively “shuts off” the transfer of sperm to the urethra during sex, so it is an understandable concern that other sexual functions might be affected. But, let’s not speculate. Let’s take a look at the data. 

Will a Vasectomy Lower Testosterone? Science has the Answers

We know that a vasectomy alters the inner-machinations of the biological processes that make pregnancy possible, but does it affect the levels of testosterone in men? Several studies have been conducted over the last several decades to answer this question. 

A 2018 study published in the National Library of Medicine found that vasectomies are not shown to have any negative effect on testosterone in men, nor do vasectomies cause any other hormonal changes or imbalances post-procedure. The study also found no correlation between vasectomy and higher PSA levels. 

Between the vasectomy and non-vasectomy groups, researchers did find increased instances of depression and other psychological issues in those men sampled who had had a vasectomy. However, these researchers concluded that it is more likely that lifestyle, diet, and cultural differences are the cause of these issues, rather than the vasectomy itself.

Does a Vasectomy Reduce Testosterone? Nope! 

Even though vasectomies are in most cases reversible, they are certainly serious medical decisions that require discussion, weighing of pros and cons, and an understanding of the procedure itself. That being said, if you are a man who feels like the snip is something you want to look into, Austin Urology Institute is your best bet.

Our lead urologist, Dr. Shaw, has been consistently voted one of the best urologists in Austin, and has a long list of awards and accolades to prove it! If you are considering vasectomy in Austin, Texas, reach out to us to schedule an appointment.