This study, called “Sex, Pain, Relationship Breakdown and Vasectomy - Large cohort study” was done in Aberdeen, Scotland by Said Mishriki. The results were published in The Journal of Urology in May, 2018.
Here were the results:
1832 vasectomies were performed at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary from 1996 to 2008
Of those men, 460 could not be contacted to complete the questionnaire because they could not be located, or were sick or deceased.
That leaves 1372 men, which were asked to complete the questionnaire.
Of those men, 651 (47%) did not respond, and 721 (53%) did respond.
Here are the questions they were asked:
- I am happy with the outcome of my vasectomy. (Agree <–> Disagree)
- I have no regrets about my decision to have a vasectomy. (Agree <–> Disagree)
- My partner has no regrets following my vasectomy. (Agree <–> Disagree)
- Did you have wound infection immediately after the procedure?
- Did you have pain near the site of the wound after the procedure?
- Did you request vasectomy reversal
- Did you have vasectomy reversal
- Do you think that the vasectomy affected your sexual performance?
- Has your partnership status changed since your vasectomy? (Separated/Divorced/Remarried)
- Do you think that the vasectomy has affected your partnership status?
- Year of relationship breakdown if applicable ___
I think the results should get your attention.
Of the 721 men who did respond to the questionnaire:
75 (10%) reported sexual dysfunction.
43 (6%) regretted getting a vasectomy.
147 (20%) were separated, divorced or re-married.
57 (8%) requested a reversal. Only 22 of these were able to obtain one.
Of the 147 who had a relationship breakdown:
37 (25%) said they regretted getting a vasectomy.
43 (29%) reported sexual dysfunction.
49 (33.3%) blamed the vasectomy for the relationship breakdown (!!!)
Of the 22 men who got a reversal, 13 of them had (separated/divorced/remarried)
Of the 13 men who had a relationship breakdown and a reversal, 7 (53%) blamed the vasectomy for the relationship breakdown.
The implication here is that if you get a vasectomy, there is a 6.8% chance you will break up with your partner and blame the vasectomy. I think that is an insanely high number.
And what is it about the vasectomy that causes breakup?
Here’s one clue: Of the couples who did NOT break up, 4% complained that vasectomy had affected their sexual performance. Of the couples who DID break up, 29% complained that vasectomy had affected their sexual performance.
As high as these numbers are, the study is possibly underreporting the true figures, as the authors conclude:
A significant % of the 231 untraceable & the 217 who moved were either separated or divorced
So the authors suspect that the 25% of the vasectomized men that could not be located and offered a chance to participate may have a high proportion of failed relationships that resulted in them moving.