Are sexual problems more common in men who have had a vasectomy? A population-based study of Australian men

Smith, Anthony, Lyons, Anthony, Ferris, Jason, Richters, Juliet, Pitts, Marian and Shelley, Julia (2010) Are sexual problems more common in men who have had a vasectomy? A population-based study of Australian men. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 7 2: 736-742. doi:10.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01565.x

Author Smith, Anthony
Lyons, Anthony
Ferris, Jason
Richters, Juliet
Pitts, Marian
Shelley, Julia
Title Are sexual problems more common in men who have had a vasectomy? A population-based study of Australian men
Journal name Journal of Sexual Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1743-6095
Publication date 2010-02
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01565.x
Volume 7
Issue 2
Start page 736
End page 742
Total pages 7
Place of publication Oxford United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction.: It is not known whether sexual problems are currently more prevalent among men who have had a vasectomy compared with those who have not had a vasectomy.
To investigate whether vasectomized men are more likely to report experiencing a range of sexual problems than nonvasectomized men and to assess their overall sexual and relationship satisfaction.
Methods.: A population-based survey of 3,390 Australian men's sexual experiences was conducted using computer-assisted telephone interviewing.
Main Outcome Measures.: Proportions of vasectomized and nonvasectomized men who: (i) reported a sexual problem for at least 1 month during the last 12 months; and (ii) rated their sexual and relationship satisfaction as either extremely satisfying or not extremely satisfying.
Vasectomy was reported by 25.1% of men, almost 70% of whom were aged 40-59 years. Vasectomized men were more likely to be married, live in regional areas, and speak English at home. Having a vasectomy was not associated with any specific sexual problem, such as lacking interest in sex or taking too long to reach orgasm. Vasectomized men (10.8%) were slightly more likely than nonvasectomized men (8.2%) to report problems maintaining an erection, but this difference disappeared when age and other socio-demographic variations were taken into account. Although vasectomized men (33.7%) were just as likely as nonvasectomized men (33.0%) to be extremely satisfied sexually, they were significantly more likely to be extremely satisfied with their relationship overall (48.3% vs. 42.9%).
Conclusion.: Our findings suggest that sexual problems are no more prevalent among vasectomized men than they are among nonvasectomized men
Keyword Vasectomy
Sexual Problems
Sexual Dysfunction
Sexual Satisfaction
Relationship Satisfaction
Population Based Study
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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