Immunologic and morphologic effects of vasectomy in the rhesus monkey

  • Nancy J. Alexander
Part of the FASEB Monographs book series (FASEBM, volume 6)


Although vasectomy is the most common method of permanent male sterilization, it remains controversial because it involves surgical intervention in a healthy individual. The possibility that it may effect changes in hormone levels (6, 18), psychological changes (16, 17), and long-term systemic changes even in a small proportion of the population has been an important consideration in the controversy. Despite these fears, however, vasectomy usually does not have any adverse effects on the male psyche or hormonal milieu.


Rhesus Monkey Antibody Level Sperm Count Accessory Gland Efferent Duct 


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© Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nancy J. Alexander
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  1. 1.Oregon Regional Primate Research CenterBeavertonUSA

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