It's coming up on a year since I had my vasectomy. My wife and I had been talking about it for a while and after doing some research and speaking to some friends about it, I decided that the NCAA basketball tournament would be the perfect time to get it done. What better excuse to sit on the couch for 4 days?
For those of you "on the fence" about having it done, let me offer you some support. Obviously this is a serious decision to be made between you and your spouse so it's not to be taken lightly. Also, I'm not a doctor- this is just a recollection of my experience, yours may differ.
1. I had a consultation with the doctor about a week prior to my appointment- he described the procedure and made extra sure that my wife and I were both on board. Special note- DO NOT let curiosity get the best of you and watch the YouTube video of the procedure- don't say I didn't warn you.
2. I had the procedure done on a Wednesday around noon and was back to 100% by the following Tuesday.
3. The whole procedure took about 20 minutes from the time the nurse closed the door to the time I was on my feet and walked out.
4. The worst part of the whole experience was having to put "real" pants on for work on Monday morning. Avoid anything with a seam near your crotch for a few days.
5. When the doctor says little to no physical activity, he means it. Use this an an excuse to sit on the couch and watch basketball. Ice, take your prescribed anti-inflammatory, and hydrate.
6. I believe my Dr.'s recommendation was no sexual activity for 10 days- I didn't want to test this theory, so I just took his word for it.
7. More good advice from Doc- "A man isn't considered sterile until he tests negative twice, so make sure you don't just "assume" you're good."
I had a good experience and I would recommend that anyone interested at least weigh the options and discuss it with your wife and your doctor. I have talked to a few men that did not have such a good experience and have lingering side effects to this day. As with anything do your research and weigh the pros and cons.
I understand, this is a bit of a touchy subject. There are a lot of opinions both for and against the procedure and I'm sure more than a few of you will not share my opinion. I'd love to hear your comments and would welcome an open discussion.