Main Article on Vasectomy Question: Did you have a vasectomy? Please describe your experience. Submit Your Comment Comment from: Jhammer, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 02 The shots they gave me to numb me before they started vasectomy didn't work, so I felt them cut me open and do the whole procedure. It was absolutely horrible. I have a lot of bruising and the pain shoots between my penis and testicles. It's very uncomfortable, truth be told, it is awful, but it's worth it if you are done having kids. Comment from: Woodguy, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 04 I had the traditional bilateral vasectomy 2 months ago. The procedure was virtually painless with one exception: as each vas was pulled from my scrotum, I got a queasy feeling in my stomach area. I rested the first day and kept changing cold ice packs. I had a lot of swelling and bruising on days two and three. Resumed my road construction work on day three wearing a jock strap. Recovery (meaning swelling and bruising), was totally done in two weeks. I resumed sexual activity on day six. Comment from: Regert, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 28 Before my vasectomy, I was told the numbing was the worst part by several friends and family. I went to have the procedure done thinking it won't be that bad. It quickly became the worst experience in my life. I have had broken bones, crushed fingers and toes but never had I been paralyzed by pain or passed out from pain until then. I did not numb for whatever reason, I couldn't move because of the pain, and all I could do was scream at the doctor that it hurt and I could feel everything he was doing. Comment from: Big Ball, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 05 On 3-22-21 I had vasectomy. I had one Ativan 2 hours before, and another Ativan 1 hour before. No pain whatsoever during the surgery, followed doctor’s directions for 3 days, and on the fourth day I felt like it was healed. On the 4th day I helped pick up 2 couches and trimmed the grape vines back, about 5 hours of pruning. Felt things were acting up, so home I went, and back on the couch with ice. Next morning I made an emergency visit to my urologist, he said I was screwed now, hematoma it was. Today is 3-31-21 and I still have a turd like clot in the left testicle. Comment from: Jiggiwatt, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 19 I had a 'no-scalpel, no needle' vasectomy 9 days ago. The anesthesia hurt quite a bit, but the cut itself was painless. The first day I was a bit sore and took it easy, however, due to the lack of pain during days 2 and 3, I did some light activity and the result was a lot of pain and swelling on days 4 and 5. At day 9, there is only mild discomfort. I haven't ejaculated yet out of fear. Remember guys, it's a lot safer than a tubal ligation for your wife/partner. Do it for her sake. Comment from: Zan Tuck, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 29 I received a vasectomy three days ago. I had to stop the doctor twice during the procedure because of sharp pain and also radiating aching pain shooting up the right side of my abdomen. I started to feel like I was going to throw up. I was not offered any pills before to help relax me. I was not offered any pain medication which I think was necessary since I’m still in pain. Do your research before having this procedure and don’t just go to any doctor. Comment from: Djt , 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: September 14 I’m 21 and got a vasectomy done on Thursday 9-4-2020, and not even 4 hours after, my testicles swelled 3 times their normal size. I woke up Friday and they were black and cold. I was told it was normal so I didn’t bother it. Sunday came around and I went to the hospital to see if they will do something about the excruciating pain I was in, I couldn’t even walk at this point. They did an ultrasound and found nothing wrong. Now it’s 9-10-20 and my right side is still making no progress and I’m still in pain. Comment from: ASB, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 03 I had the no scalpel, no needle vasectomy done by an experienced urologist. Absolutely minimal pain with the procedure and none thereafter. Also absolutely no bleeding. Mild discomfort every now and then, initially. I followed all of doctor’s instructions and no problems at all. I would strongly advise to not do heavy duty stuff for 1 week however. Sex is stress-free and better. Please do it if you don’t want to have any more kids. You are also saving the planet by not overpopulating it! Comment from: Mybuddieshurt , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 28 I’m having the exact same issue another commenter had, with the left side in particular. My vasectomy was done on Thursday. It’s now Sunday and there is no chance of me returning to work like this. I’m pain free lying down. But any weight on my left leg and things start to act up. QUESTION Testosterone is a chemical found only in men. See Answer Comment from: Matthew, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 21 I just had my vasectomy Friday morning. I guess I was lucky. I felt no pain, not even with the local they gave me. I felt slight tugging but that was it. I was also the second patient to try laughing gas as opposed to the pill they give you for relaxation. The gas started to make me a little nauseated towards the end because it reminded me of getting sick on Goldschlager. It’s Saturday night. I’m sore but able to get around the house ok. I am wearing compression underwear and icing every other hour. Comment from: Bossman, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 14 I had a vasectomy, it’s been 6 days and I must say it’s horrible. Now, mind you, before the vasectomy I felt like I was being tapped on the testicles. I was told I was having varicose pain and needed to do both a repair and vasectomy. I went in about a week after blood work and testing, and they performed surgery. I woke up and felt my abdomen was hit with a bat. Six days later pain died down, little better erections than before. I’m scared to ejaculate. Comment from: Rolet, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 29 I had a vasectomy 9 days ago. Still feels like I got kicked in the testicles, all day, every day. I can't run or workout. Not interested in any sex. I rubbed one out anyway to try and relieve some pain. Big mistake, it made it worse. If this pain doesn’t go away soon I don’t know what I am going to do. I’ll try some heat, as seen in other posts. If the pain persists until the end of week 2, I’ll go see my doctor and ask why no warnings were given. I’m kind of feeling like this situation is way more than 2 percent. Comment from: Gopats, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 05 I had a vasectomy last Friday 2-28-2020, so I am 5 days out today. I still have a lot of pain above my penis on the left side. It hurts to press on that area and hurts when I pull the jock strap off to urinate, and some when I walk. That side of the vas is the side that I really felt during the procedure too. The doctor said that vas was a lot tighter than the right side. This pain feels like it's in my abdomen almost. Wonder if anyone else experienced this. I feel like I made a huge mistake getting the vasectomy. Comment from: Paynon the right one, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: December 05 I had my vasectomy on November 21, 2019 and to tell you the truth it was nothing amusing. First luckily I had shaved prior, because the specialist did not instruct me, the least of his worries. Then he went to work and I was breathing deep for every movement inside and pull he performed. Still on the first (right) for approximate 5 minutes he asked me what my current occupation was, which distracted me during the procedure, but I did notice one thing; after he went to the left side he did it in 3 minutes top. Comment from: Rpt, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 13 I had a vasectomy 16 years ago. I was not the same again. I have had loss of sensation and hard erections. Be careful and ask questions. I wish I had not got it. On the other hand I had friends that got it done and no problems. Maybe it was because my doctor was in a hurry. I was his last one to be done before his retirement and trip around the world. Good luck. Comment from: Dave1986, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: July 16 I had a vasectomy done about 2 weeks ago, and during the procedure it felt like a horse repeatedly kicked me in the testicles and stomach. I now am still in pain and constantly feel like I have to urinate. I hear some people take a little longer to heal but if I’m not better after this weekend I’m calling the doctors. It’s absolutely nothing like I’ve read. Comment from: CWGBuckeyes35 , 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: June 19 I had a vasectomy 6 days ago and it is something I would tell men never even to consider. My doctor did it the old-fashioned way with a scalpel. The pain was unbelievable. I was given no pain medicines before or after the procedure. My scrotum is badly swollen to at least 3 times its normal size, and purple. Just walking or sitting in a chair feels like being kicked in the groin. This has been one of the worst experiences of my life. Never get one of these done. Comment from: P.h, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 15 Vasectomy is not as easy, pain free and a little operation as I was told! Having a tooth out at the dentist takes longer and hurts terribly, but recovery is quick and normal life is resumed in no time at all. Vasectomy is painful, invasive and massively regarded as a gift to your wife or partner. There is a smell during the procedure which my wife could smell in the corridor outside. SLIDESHOW Sex-Drive Killers: The Causes of Low Libido See Slideshow Comment from: Texas Joe, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 03 I had a vasectomy done, and it went great. Procedure-wise the only pain was the anesthesia injection, but it was tolerable. While the surgeon was doing the procedure the only time I felt a little pulling was when I was nosy and looked down to see. But if you don’t look down, your body doesn't associate the procedure with pain. Post procedure my scrotum got really swollen like everyone's. On day 3 to 4 it was 90 percent normal size. I took the prophylactic antibiotics round the clock to prevent infection and took acetaminophen 1000 mg twice a day to be pain free for 7 days. Might not have needed it half the time but it was a psychological thing. I was worried of not getting the same erections, but fear went away with my morning the day right after the procedure. I started intercourse on day 4, nothing too wild. Day 7 to 10 everything was back to normal. My semen got a little more viscous but that is it. I love my vasectomy, feel more of a man. Sex got better and I recommend it to anyone with 2 kids plus. Only thing I would do different maybe would be to pre-medicate as soon as you go in before procedure. Just makes sense to take pain pill before the procedure than after. Comment from: Not recommended!, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 19 I had a vasectomy on Friday 10-13-17 at 11 am. There was some slight pain and tugging during the procedure, but nothing outrageous. That day was spent on the couch, basically no movement. After the novocaine wore off I was very sore, but I expected that. Next day I felt a bit better. I went outside in the afternoon and moved some tools around in the shed, 2 to 3 hours of activity. I was still sore, so I went back to bed. Sunday, I feel better still and I decided to mow the lawn in the afternoon. Nothing over the top, just pushed the mower around for 30 minutes or so. Still sore, not terrible, but still couldn't walk normal. The next day I went to work as instructed by my doctor. I work on factory equipment for a living. I was on ladders, under machines, pulling cables, moving heavy machinery, on lifts running air lines. This is all every day stuff in my profession. Three fourths of the way through my shift I couldn't move. I had debilitating pain in my scrotum. I took 4 Advil tablets, and I could barely drive home. I went to the doctor the next day, and he told me I had a hematoma (internal blood clot), very painful! He tells me I shouldn't have been doing those things at work. But that's my job! He ordered me out of work for the next week. I'm currently on my back in bed with pain radiating through my pelvis and scrotum! Hematomas happens in 5 percent of patients! And after sharing my story with other vasectomy victims, I have realized that out of the 8 guys I know who have now had vasectomies 4 of them have had 'abnormal' and painful complications; 50 percent! Can 50% still be considered abnormal! Everything from hematomas to inflammation of the epididymis, to undiagnosed PVP (post vasectomy pain). And in bad pain longer than that! Burned all my vacation time, and just got informed that the ultrasound and radiology reading I was required to do for the hematoma is not covered by my insurance and could be up to USD 3,000. Don't do it! Huge mistake! Comment from: run dont walk away, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 20 I had a vasectomy two months ago by an experienced urologist who had performed over 3,000 of the no-scalpel procedures. Despite what you read on the web and the information given to you by physicians, this is not a benign, painless procedure. My experience was excruciating. The initial injection of local anesthesia directly into the scrotum and spermatic cord was an easy 8 out of 10 on the pain scale. Stick and a burn and huge kick in the testicles. I could feel the instruments cutting and the vas being dissected and pulled through the opening. The tugging yanked at the testicle and pulled on the bladder, all with extreme testicular pain radiating into the abdomen. I had to be reminded to breathe by the physician as the sweat poured down my face. It was awful. After gutting out the left side, I caved in and asked for more local. The doctor prodded around and I indicated each poke. He hit me again with local. I should have done that at the beginning. The valium they give you beforehand does nothing. Ask for two. The recovery is straightforward until you get to the massive epididymal swelling and pain which started on day two. The congested, impacted epididymis swelled to the size of a pack of Life Savers on each testicle. The scrotum was bright pink, hot and three times its normal size. This got progressively worse for the next several days until I couldn't stand it any longer, and went in for a follow up visit five days post-operation. Things were deemed normal by the doctor, but none of this grotesque, painful, swelling was ever mentioned by him or any other source I read before the procedure. The doctor even mentioned he went jogging four days after his vasectomy. The side effects of a vasectomy are painful and debilitating. I missed an entire week of work because walking was a shuffling, bow-legged struggle of kicking yourself in the impacted testicles with every stride. After another week of ibuprofen and heat directly on the testicles for several hours a day, the swelling abated and things were 90 percent back to normal. Another week later (four weeks post-operation) I had my first pain free day, and although the left epididymis is still swollen and sensitive, had what I would call enjoyable sex. The scrotum is still off limits because of tenderness on the left side. My left side is still swollen, I spend the evenings with heat on it, and I'm taking 1800 mg of Ibuprofen a day. In another month I will most likely have to start taking steroids. If that doesn't work, well, it's a lifetime of pain unless I consider surgical alternatives: reversal, epididymectomy (removal of epididymis), cutting nerve to testicle. I am in pain, swollen, disinterested in sex, unable to exercise, grumpy with the children. Comment from: Anonymous, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 14 I recently had a vasectomy, and experienced no pain, no swelling or any other unpleasant side effects whatsoever. Nothing more significant than a slight 'pulling' feeling, which I presume is caused by two stitches inserted to close the wound. My partner and I actually stopped for lunch at a restaurant on the way home because we live some distance from the hospital where the procedure was done, and she felt that I had to have a meal before travelling. The procedure was done on a Thursday, and I spent the weekend resting, but not actually lying in bed all the time. We did some shopping on two or three occasions, which caused no problems whatsoever. I can therefore say that the procedure was a success. If your surgeon does a good job, you should not have any problems during recovery, provided that you take it easy and avoid heavy lifting and major physical activity. And I was also lucky that the lady in my life happens to be an excellent nurse! Comment from: craig, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: January 22 I had vasectomy on January 11, 2016. That is almost two weeks ago. I am still recovering. The two visits I have made to the emergency room the doctors were less than helpful. I didn’t have much swelling however my sac turned almost black with pass-out pain. I then went to my family doctor. She gave me antibiotics, which helped overnight. She told me it had been twenty years since she had seen anyone take more than three days to recover. Then she informed me that a patient had a testicle removed, to stop the pain. Two days later my sac was light purple. My left side is still swollen. The pain on that side is unbearable still. Bottom line, the surgeon made a mess, and the other local doctors are protecting him.