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Re: Vasectomy Advice?
15 Years ago. No complications. Did it on a Friday morning, watched football with an ice pack all day Saturday. Mowed the lawn Sunday. Back to work on Monday. (Office Job) No sex for 10 days per doctor's recommendation. Best $75 co-pay I ever spent.
There are the easy stories and there are the horror stories. I had mine done 8 years ago. I had it done on a Friday morning and definitely laid on the couch that night, all day Saturday and Sunday with bag of peas and a couple of pain pills. Went to office job Monday, but the walking and sitting really rubbed 'em the wrong way and I hurt worse Tuesday and stayed home. By Wed it was better, but I avoided workouts and softball for about 2 weeks. I think we started the "evacuation" process within a week. Still glad I got it done.
The vasectomy was a piece of cake. Had one done about 16 years ago, and felt so good I decided to help move furniture a couple of days later. Dumb mistake, and one I paid for. So when they say to take it easy, be sure to take it easy regardless of how good you feel afterwards.
Just make sure you've thought this through. I thought I did, but my wife and I agreed to have more kids, and I got a reversal done about 11 years ago. THAT was painful, and nothing to take on lightly. It was, however, successful.
I hear a lot more easy stories than horror stories. Most of the horror stories come from regret or not following doctor's orders.
Keep in mind that some of us would tend to keep the horror stories to ourselves, afraid that people would overreact. In addition to not following the doctor's advice, unknown medical issues can be a factor that leads to a bad vasectomy. I had an appendectomy as a kid, but ended up unconscious for nearly a month because it had already ruptured. I went to a urologist for the vasectomy after my kids were born, because I didn't want to have the more common puncture types in the area - I wanted something that was considered more effective at the time (20 years ago). Later, the doctor said that he never realized that scar tissue could have such a widespread impact. Basically, when he set down the tweasers and asked the nurse for his large needle nosed pliers, I knew I was in trouble. He even offered to call an ambulance when it got really painful, but I said no. He aplogized profusely as they helped me out to the car. Three days later, I was fine, except for a bruise that covered most of my lower abdomen.
A month later, when taking in the specimin in the brown bag, the nurse smiled when I entered the door, and I knew that I was walking into their favorite joke. About twenty people were in the waiting room. She asked from across the room, "Is that your sperm sample, Mr. Halien?" Why is it we only think of the comebacks 15 minutes later?
The vasectomy was completed without a hitch. My husband didn't feel a thing and he is currently lying in bed with an ice pack. I am waiting on my poor man hand and foot.
I feel a sense of completion and relief. As of next Friday, we can start the fun part-getting rid of all the sperm. I am going to use my BC pills to stop my period, so that we will have that extra week for the next three months.
Most married couple have a lot of sex when they are trying to get pregnant. We will be making love for the OPPOSITE reason