- Men's Health & Wellness
My No Scalpel No Needle Vasectomy
No big deal, get er done!
I'm a 36 year old man. I've been married 9 years and I have 2 children, ages 3 and 5. My wife was having issues with the pill. Like most women she'd been on birth control since about the age of 17. All those hormones can really screw with a woman's body. She finally went off the pill about a year ago and me using a condom.
A guy at work had a vasectomy back in Dec and he said it wasn't so bad, so I decided to take the plunge and go for it.
I researched on the web and found http://www.vasectomy.com it has general advice and links to doctors. I chose a Dr. who is also a male fertility specialist. He does a lot of reversals. I figured this guy is intimately more knowledgeable about the male anatomy than a normal urologist.
Also, he advertised the No-Scalpel and no Needle procedure. Here is an account of what I went though from start to finish.
I called to make an appointment. They got me in about 3 weeks later, and even asked if I wanted to schedule the procedure at the same time. I thought what the heck, sure. I suggest you do the same, it will make any anxiety be less.
I went in for the visit. I got there, I filled out some paperwork and they asked for a urine sample. Don’t know why, but it seemed everyone in that office was giving a urine sample. Then I sat for about 45 minutes. Ahhh the Dr. waiting room, nothing could be finer.
They finally had me go into an exam room, where I sat another 20 minutes. Finally, the Doc came in. He asked if I had questions, not really. Then he went over what he was going to do, gave some advise, handed me a pamphlet with some information on it. Oh yeah, and drop your pants I want to see what I’m going to work on before hand. I laid down on the exam bed. He juggled my junk for a minute or so. It wasn’t too bad, there was NOTHING sexual about it all. There was some minor discomfort when he sorta dug in there a bit.
He gave me a Rx for Xanax, an anxiety pill, to take before hand if I wanted. The procedure was scheduled for that Friday. I took the Xanax about an hour before my appointment. I didn’t feel High or anything, I really couldn’t tell if it did anything, but I guess I wasn’t so nervous.
I got there, gave ANOTHER urine sample. Waited a bit and they moved me into a room. I was asked to strip from the waste down and put this paper blanket over myself. About 7 minutes later, a nurse came in, she shaved a little spot on my sack (I had actually shaved the area a couple days before), wiped me down with iodine, and left me in there with this paper blanket over me, with my twig and berries sticking out a hole. There I laid for 10 minutes. That was the worst part by far!
Finally, the Doc came in. He wrapped a rubber band around my twig and clipped it to my shirt, to keep it out of the way. He manipulated my boys around a bit to find the spot to start. This was a little uncomfortable. A little bit like being knocked down there, not too bad.
He then administered the anesthetic. He used a device which resembled a screwdriver with a big handle. He touches it to the area around the vas, presses a button and ZAP! It felt a bit like someone was pinching me with the fingernails. Not really pain, just a little stab. I’m not saying it felt good, but it could have been worse.
So he zaps me a couple times on the right side. The he goes over and does the left side. Again, he manipulates me a bit, this was the most uncomfortable part. Then zap, zap, zap.
I remember thinking, “I wonder how long until this stuff takes affect?” Just as I was thinking that, I smelled burning. That was him cauterizing the vas. He was almost done with the first side and I didn’t even feel it. He then moved on to the other side, same thing and that was it.
From start to finish it was maybe 8 minutes.
He didn’t even stitch me up. He had made a small hole and that was it. He put a gauze over the hole, had me sit up and put my underwear back on. I got dressed and he walked me to the check out area.
I was given a Rx for Tylenol with Codeine to take as needed for pain. I only took it 2 times before bed, and I used regular Extra Strength Tylenol for a few days afterwards for mild discomfort.
My wife had dropped me off, she came back and took me home.
My advise to anyone is NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOU FEEL, DO NOTHING!!!!
Sit your ass down on the couch for 3 days and do nothing. They tell you to wear a jock strap for support, I didn’t have one and didn’t want to buy one. I had a pair of bike shorts which were pretty tight so I wore those instead.
I got 2 bags of frozen peas at Wal-Mart for $.79 each. I would put a bag down my shorts for about 20 minutes at a time and then rest them for 30 or 60 minutes. I repeated this for 2 days.
I was sore for the first day, but I had no real swelling or brusing. I attribute this to going to a Dr. who knew what he was doing and the fact I took it real easy for a couple of days. I had a little pain where the hole was made for about 2 or 3 weeks when I touched the area. I also had a little dull pain inside for about 2 weeks, but nothing that was dibilitating.
Within 5 days I tried out the plumbing and it worked fine. It's been about 12 weeks and everything is fine. I had a test (which I produced at home and brought into the lab), and it was showed 0 swimmers which is exactly what you want.
All in all, it was a decent experience, it was a lot less painfull or embarrassing than I imagined. I recommend you go to a specialist not a general urologist. I suggest you go No-Needle and No-Scalpel on the procedure. Take it really easy for the first couple of days and do absolutly NOTHING. I have heard horror stories of guys testicles blowing up to the size of grapefruit and you don't want that!
Do some YouTube searches on vasectomy and you'll find some videos. Watch them, but remember, you're laying on your back the whole time, you won't see or feel anything.