What Is Post-Vasectomy Depression?

What Is Post-Vasectomy Depression?

by Yenny (SU)

Before you get a vasectomy, you may have questions and will most likely conduct research about what to expect before, during, and after the procedure. Whether you're still in the research phase or are in post-op recovery, you should understand that post-vasectomy depression is possible. You should understand the signs and symptoms, why it occurs, and what to do in the event it happens to you.

What is Depression?

For those who have depression, symptoms may include a continuous or recurring feeling of sadness, hopefulness, or emptiness. You might have outbursts of anger and frustration or a loss of interest in your usual daily activities. Depression can also interfere with your sleep. You may sleep too much or not enough. You might have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Restlessness, anxiety, and agitation are possible, too. Additionally, depression can affect your cognitive functions, such as your memory and concentration.

All of these symptoms are possible with post-vasectomy depression.

Causes of Depression After A Vasectomy

Depression after a vasectomy may stem from you regretting the procedure. You may feel sad that your childbearing years are behind you. If you never had children before, this may especially be a problem. However, in most cases, men are extremely satisfied with getting a vasectomy because they no longer have to worry about unexpected pregnancies.  

In some cases, men may be pressured into getting a vasectomy by their partner. In such situations, patients are more prone to depression after the procedure. This can also cause relationship problems, which can lead to further emotional turmoil.

In other cases, you might feel less masculine because you can't produce children anymore. This change in self-perception can result in an emotional roller coaster and confusion on whether you made the right decision. Moreover, if you had depression or other mental health problems before your vasectomy, your issues could worsen after your procedure.

What Doesn’t Cause Vasectomy-Related Depression?

Although some pain is a common side effect after surgery, it generally subsides and doesn't contribute to depression. The surgery also doesn't cause any changes to your sex life, since it doesn't affect your sex drive or the sensation you feel during sexual activity. A vasectomy also won't cause changes to your hormone levels, which play a role in your emotional health. Although it's uncommon, you may experience erectile dysfunction due to psychological issues associated with a vasectomy. However, a vasectomy is not directly the cause of erectile dysfunction.

Treatment for Depression After Vasectomy

One of the best ways you can prevent vasectomy-related depression is by engaging in open and transparent communication with your partner and your urologist. You should also do research on the procedure to ensure you know exactly what it involves. Talk to your urologist about the emotional journey men typically go on before and after a vasectomy. Then, do some soul-searching and decide whether this procedure is right for you. If you take these initiatives, the likelihood of post-vasectomy depression is limited.

If you do end up developing post-vasectomy depression, don’t worry. There are many ways to get treatment for it. Your urologist can make recommendations on this matter.

Why Choose Dr. Avila for Your Vasectomy in Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Avila of Ironwood Urology has a ton of experience performing vasectomies. He'll take the time to address your concerns and make sure this procedure is right for you. Moreover, if you ever change your mind, Dr. Avila can provide a reversal surgery known as a vasectomy reversal.

Book an appointment with Dr. Avila, serving Phoenix and the nearby Arizona region, to discuss getting a vasectomy or if you're experiencing depression after the procedure. Call us at 480-961-2323 or use our appointment scheduling tool.