A man’s testicles are full of tiny coiled tubes (called seminiferous tubules) that not only produce sperm but help move it through your system. Inside the tubes are sperm nurse cells which manage sperm stem cells. Sounds pretty crowded down there, right?
The tubes are surrounded by testosterone-producing cells that stimulate sperm development by impacting the nurse cells, which in turn control the sperm stem cells. The sperm factory produces sperm cells on a schedule to make sure production will last a lifetime.
It takes about 70 days for your sperm to be developed and ready for action. But that’s what we’re trying to avoid – not the action, but the outcome from it.
Once the sperm is developed, it needs some help to be able to make the big swim to the egg. Before it passes into the tubes (vas deferens) that carry it to the ejaculation point, it goes through a duct that adds proteins to improve it’s performance. Now it’s ready to go.
A vasectomy stops the sperm cell in it’s tracks. (See the before & after pictures below.) Vasectomy blocks the vas deferens which makes it impossible for the sperm to travel to the urethra. That’s where it mixes with seminal fluid and gets ejaculated during orgasm.
The best part of vasectomy is that you still get the orgasm, just without the risk of a pregnancy.
But if the body keeps producing sperm, where it does it go once the tubes are cut?