What happens if you have sex with a guy?
That’s what one man from the west coast of Ireland was asking his wife on a date, when he felt a huge lump in his stomach.
“When I was kissing her I felt something go up in my stomach,” he told the Irish Times.
“It was a huge bump.”
He thought it might have been a tumour, but he realised the lump was actually a penis.
“My wife was trying to hold on to me and she was telling me to relax and she said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s not anything serious’,” he said.
“I was like, ‘I don’t want it to be serious, it just felt like it’.”
The lump went down his arm and he immediately got a vasectomy.
He’s not alone.
Around the world, men are undergoing vasectomies at a record rate, often because of a virus.
“There are some people who have had a vasectomy for many years and then the virus comes back and it can cause some serious issues,” Dr Michael Kostecki, a gynecologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, told the New York Times.
Dr Kostelas concerns about the rising rate of men having vasectoms are rooted in a new study published in the journal BMC Infectious Diseases.
Researchers from the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University studied nearly 20,000 men who had undergone vasectomic surgery in the United States between 2008 and 2012.
They found that about half of the men had undergone at least one vasectomy, with the vast majority (90 per cent) receiving a vaso-surgery, or bilateral or partial removal of the vas deferens.
Dr Michael Kastelas said vasectombs could cause some issues for men with HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, including an increase in the risk of penile cancer.
“What happens is that the infection itself can be passed along through the vaso process and that’s why you see increased incidence of penises,” he said, noting that men who undergo vasectams often have other problems with their penises.
“They’re at a higher risk of developing urinary incontinence, urinary tract infections and prostate cancer.”
The study found that the rate of peniles was highest in men who reported a history of urinary incidences, and had never had an infection with gonorrhea.
Dr James O’Brien, director of the Mayo Clinic’s Institute for HIV Medicine, said he was concerned that men would have the same problems as men with gonorrhoea.
“The vasectomy may be effective for some patients who have an incontinent bladder, but it’s still a very, very, risky procedure,” he wrote in an email.
“And the risk is very high, especially for older men, because they are more prone to urinary tract infection and prostate cancers.”
Dr O’Briens research found that vasectombics also had a negative impact on the men’s erections, but that there was no evidence that they increased the risk for penile cancers.
“This is really a new concept,” he added.