Putative Health Risks Associated with Vasectomy

Tobias S. Köhler, Anees A. Fazili, Robert E Brannigan*

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Vasectomy is widely regarded as a safe method of contraception, but over the years there have been many reports suggesting putative health risks associated with the procedure. Concerns over the possible association of vasectomy with a number of medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease, testicular cancer, prostate cancer, psychologic distress, and a variety of immune complex-mediated disease processes have been reported. Most recently, a manuscript from the neurology literature has described an association between vasectomy and primary progressive aphasia, a rare variety of frontotemporal dementia. This article reviews the literature surrounding each of these purported health concerns. Because the ultimate findings have important ramifications for both informed consent of vasectomy patients and for public health, the reported health risks in question should be critically evaluated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-345
Number of pages9
JournalUrologic Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009


  • Health risks
  • Primary progressive aphasia
  • Prostate cancer
  • Vasectomy
  • Vasectomy complications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Urology

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