Having a strong sex drive is an indicator of masculinity for most men. It’s the elephant in the room when considering vasectomy – the thing none of us want to talk about.
So, what does affect our sex drive? Certainly, the drive is more imperative during younger years. Studies show it starts to diminish in our late 20’s. That is not to suggest any sexual dysfunction – just that the uncontrolled urgency of our adolescence begins to fade.
Testosterone levels also play a part in sustaining a healthy sex drive. Lower levels can reduce desire. Vasectomy has no impact at all on testosterone. Meanwhile stress, chronic illness, depression, endocrine disorders, even sleep apnea can and do diminish our libido.
But what sleep apnea doesn’t do is let some doctor take a knife to our most prized physical possession.
Though we’d like to believe that our sex drive begins in the groin, it actually functions from the cerebral cortex and the limbic system. That’s why we can become as sexually stimulated by images as we do during actual intercourse.
It’s almost instinctive to associate virility with sexual prowess. Or is it that the world has evolved faster than our instincts? Because these harken back to the days when procreation was a critical male function. Sperm was king and ejaculation had a singular purpose – to populate the planet. The more children we produced, the more impressive we were seen to be.
That’s certainly not the case today. The planet is overflowing. Most men and women want control over the size of their families. They pay for birth control or they pay for child support.
There are hundreds of articles from credible medical sources explaining that vasectomy has no effect on virility. None. Yet when men are offered this simple, permanent solution, we cover our zippers with both hands and back out of the room.