Contraception very often falls to the woman.
That’s because she’s the one who’s going to have to eschew gin and tonic for the better part of a year if your fumble accidentally produces progeny.
The exception to that rule is the rather dramatic sounding vasectomy – a procedure where a tube is clipped so rather than sperm streaming their way into the unsuspecting woman, they just sort of… don’t.
(I’m sure it’s more technical than that, but you get the point. It’s a procedure which hurts but then leaves you free to shag in the knowledge that you’re only going to be someone’s ‘Daddy’ for a brief interlude.)
Anyway, heavy handed as it might sound, there is apparently an additional benefit to getting the snip, namely that it can improve your sex life.
In a study involving 294 couples, researchers from Frankfurt University found that 12.4 per cent of men who had vasectomies had sex more often after the procedure.
They also found that men were three times more likely to experience an increase in frequency after getting a snip, and
Four out of ten of those surveyed said their sex lives had ‘significantly improved’.
Why? Well, the report seems to suggest it’s because of the freedom that not being able to get their partner pregnant provided these men. ‘The reason is presumably the absence of anxiety of unwanted pregnancies.’
Another aspect might be the absence of the need for any other contraception. The pill reducing women’s sex drives has been well documented, and having to grapple around for a diaphragm or condom can sometimes ruin the moment a bit.
So if you’ve had kids, or you don’t want kids, a vasectomy might seem a little extreme but in fact it could be the perfect way to free yourselves from any worries about unwanted pregnancy, take the burden of contraception away from your partner and revitalise your sex life.