Vasectomies may take away your ability to have children, but they also give something back: more sex, according to new research.
A study on 294 couples by researchers at Germany’s Frankfurt University found that men who had vasectomies reported having more sex, a better sex drive and stronger erections and orgasms.
Their female partners also reported an increase in sexual arousal. The researchers concluded that the boost in overall bedroom antics could be attributed to the “absence of anxiety of unwanted pregnancies”.
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Four out of 10 men surveyed said their sex lives had “significantly improved” after a vasectomy and 12.4% reported having sex more often, according to the Daily Mail.
Four-and-a-half percent of guys reported having less sex since the snip – but still, the report concluded that “the sexual satisfaction of men improved” and that it “did not diminish” for their female partners.
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The researchers did note that there may have been some selection bias in the results. Only 30% of couples who received the researchers’ survey responded, and the team thinks it may be possible that couples who were having great post-vasectomy sex would be more likely to want to tell the scientists about it.
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The Frankfurt study largely backs up data that separate researchers at Stanford found in a study of nearly 6 000 men in 2015. The Stanford study found that men with vasectomies had sex 5.9 times per month, compared to 4.9 times for intact guys.
The author of that study, Dr David Guo, told Men’s Health that he thought couples would be more likely to get busy now that the risk of an unplanned pregnancy is completely off the table.
For a 20-minute procedure (with a few days of soreness), that’s not too bad.
Your sex life is just one of the many things to consider before going under the knife. But if you do, it could provide an extra spark in the bedroom.
This article was originally published on www.menshealth.com
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