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Old 02-18-2004, 07:54 AM   #1
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Unhappy Post-Vasectomy

Well, I'm six days past my vasectomy procedure, and I must admit that it has been much more of an experience than I expected based on what I was told.

Contrary to what the doctor said. I was not able to return to my normal activities after 3 or 4 days, and I was not able to resume sexual activity after 5 days.

Yes, the procedure was over in a flash, and there was relatively little discomfort the rest of that day or the next, but day three brought a few surprises.

As of today, the sixth day, I am experiencing the following:
1. Fading black and blue bruising all over scrotum and underside and one side of penis shaft.
2. Dull, yet very annoying (kicked in the groin) pain in my lower abdomen.
3. Very sensitive testicles - touching or crowding them is painful.
4. A REAL need to wear a jock strap - if they hang loose, it is very uncomfortable.

Given my current state, I'm wondering when I will be able to return to excercising and sex. Based on how I feel today, I suspect it may be a long time for either one.

I'd like to hear if any other guys had a similar experience? When can I expect to feel "normal" again?

And to think that I was concerned about the long term effects of a vasectomy when I went into this - like the sperm anti-bodies and chance of long term pain. I thought the procedure and recovery would be a breeze.

Now I wonder if the simplicity of this procedure is all propaganda.

Thanks

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Old 02-18-2004, 12:47 PM   #2
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Re: Post-Vasectomy

Post,

Hang in there buddy. I am a 38 Yr old father of two. Married for 14 years. January 31 2003 marked my 7th year since getting cut. For me it has been a great experience. Yes the first week I was sore and tender but was able to have very slow easy intercourse after 8 days. Didn't sit on a bicycle seat for a month. I would say give it another week and you will see an improvement. After three months you will be back to normal just shooting blanks. No side effects for me!!!

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Old 02-18-2004, 05:48 PM   #3
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Post,

Hang in there buddy. I am a 38 Yr old father of two. Married for 14 years. January 31 2003 marked my 7th year since getting cut. For me it has been a great experience. Yes the first week I was sore and tender but was able to have very slow easy intercourse after 8 days. Didn't sit on a bicycle seat for a month. I would say give it another week and you will see an improvement. After three months you will be back to normal just shooting blanks. No side effects for me!!!

CD
You sound perfectly normal. Remember that you just had surgery on a very sensitive part of your body. Your balls do not like to have any type trama doen to them. It will take a few days to get over the trama to your system. I had my vas about 12 years ago and had no real problems. My worst part was the stitches. As soon as they were out, I really did not real anything. Just wait until the stitches were out and you will be fine.

 
Old 02-19-2004, 08:34 AM   #4
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Re: Post-Vasectomy

Thanks for the comments guys.

I noticed today (day seven) there is a huge improvement in the way I feel. The bruising still looks like the result of some tragic genital / power tool encounter, but it is better than it was just a couple of days ago.

I'm still perplexed why the whole thing is being sold as something so simple that a man can practically return to his marathon running after just a couple of days - as I suspect it's going to many more days before I'll be comfortable with putting my running shoes back on.

 
Old 02-19-2004, 09:28 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by txcs714
Thanks for the comments guys.

I noticed today (day seven) there is a huge improvement in the way I feel. The bruising still looks like the result of some tragic genital / power tool encounter, but it is better than it was just a couple of days ago.

I'm still perplexed why the whole thing is being sold as something so simple that a man can practically return to his marathon running after just a couple of days - as I suspect it's going to many more days before I'll be comfortable with putting my running shoes back on.

Compared to what a woman goes through to get her tubes tied, this is still a walk in the park. Even though you seem to have had some problems, most of us have the surgery, go home, put an ice pack on the groin for a couple days and go back to moderate activity in a couple days. It is still relatively easy for the procedure. You will not be running a marathon in a couple days. But when the stitches are out, you will be fine and able to walk and maybe even do some running. Just have to watch heavy lifting and don't want to run too hard without some good support. Don't want the balls to be bouncing around in your shorts until they are fully healed in a few day.

Hope you keep getting better

 
Old 02-19-2004, 09:41 AM   #6
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It just comes under the catgory of "Everone is Different". Two of my BILs had it done and were up and running (literally) after 5 days. Not everybody is really built exactly the same down there. There may have been circumstances that caused your extended discomfort that were beyond anybody's control. Do you often bruise easily?

As a marathon runner you are obviously in great shape, but your training regimen could be putting a strain on your body's natural repair system. Just a thought to consider.
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Old 02-19-2004, 11:39 AM   #7
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It just comes under the catgory of "Everone is Different". Two of my BILs had it done and were up and running (literally) after 5 days. Not everybody is really built exactly the same down there. There may have been circumstances that caused your extended discomfort that were beyond anybody's control. Do you often bruise easily?

As a marathon runner you are obviously in great shape, but your training regimen could be putting a strain on your body's natural repair system. Just a thought to consider.
Supertrooper,

I know that I am just having a brain fart but what is a BIL? Just curious since you have two of them.

Thanks, Weaver

 
Old 02-19-2004, 12:15 PM   #8
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Supertrooper,

I know that I am just having a brain fart but what is a BIL? Just curious since you have two of them.

Thanks, Weaver

Brother-in-law = BIL

 
Old 02-19-2004, 04:34 PM   #9
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I had my vas last Friday. I have some tenderness in my testicles, but no bruising. I returned to work the following Monday, and have been relatively pain free. I was actually anticipating more discomfort, but it hasn't shown up yet. It was a fast procedure, and I feel better about having it done. I have had great support from friends, family, and certain ladies. Hang in there, it will get better!

 
Old 02-20-2004, 05:54 AM   #10
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Re: Post-Vasectomy

Day 8

I think you are right about everyone just being different.

About the bruising - I actually commented to the doctor and nurse right before the procedure that I was certain I wouldn't get any bruising because I never bruise.

I am in good shape and into working out, but I followed the doctors orders and really took it easy.

The bruising has definitely faded a lot (even since yesterday). The darkest areas now on on the sides and root of my penis on the top - talk about a weird looking "package" right now.

Still pretty painful to the touch - and a jock is still a must. Two days ago it felt like a kick to the groin with every step I took - today is only about every tenth step - so it has improved much.

Called the doctor's office yesterday and got "it's all normal - everyone is different - it will improve."





Quote:
Originally Posted by supertrooper
It just comes under the catgory of "Everone is Different". Two of my BILs had it done and were up and running (literally) after 5 days. Not everybody is really built exactly the same down there. There may have been circumstances that caused your extended discomfort that were beyond anybody's control. Do you often bruise easily?

As a marathon runner you are obviously in great shape, but your training regimen could be putting a strain on your body's natural repair system. Just a thought to consider.

 
Old 02-21-2004, 04:39 AM   #11
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Re: Post-Vasectomy

For those who have had a vas, what was the timeframe for the dissolvable sutures to fall out? Normally, a suture can be removed after a week, but they have not dissolved enough to fall out. How long did it take so I can guage for my own stitches to fall? The ends are a little scratchy.

 
Old 03-23-2004, 06:18 AM   #12
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Re: Post-Vasectomy

OK... now five weeks post vasectomy - and still in pain.

No swelling or bruising remain, but there is significant tenderness on the left side. Jock strap or other tight underwear are still a necessity. Care must be taken when washing.

The clamped ends of the vas are very prominent on the left side as well. By the way, the right side feels fine.

I'm going back to the surgeon on Thursday to find out what the heck is going on.

Just thought I'd pass it on.



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Well, I'm six days past my vasectomy procedure, and I must admit that it has been much more of an experience than I expected based on what I was told.

Contrary to what the doctor said. I was not able to return to my normal activities after 3 or 4 days, and I was not able to resume sexual activity after 5 days.

Yes, the procedure was over in a flash, and there was relatively little discomfort the rest of that day or the next, but day three brought a few surprises.

As of today, the sixth day, I am experiencing the following:
1. Fading black and blue bruising all over scrotum and underside and one side of penis shaft.
2. Dull, yet very annoying (kicked in the groin) pain in my lower abdomen.
3. Very sensitive testicles - touching or crowding them is painful.
4. A REAL need to wear a jock strap - if they hang loose, it is very uncomfortable.

Given my current state, I'm wondering when I will be able to return to excercising and sex. Based on how I feel today, I suspect it may be a long time for either one.

I'd like to hear if any other guys had a similar experience? When can I expect to feel "normal" again?

And to think that I was concerned about the long term effects of a vasectomy when I went into this - like the sperm anti-bodies and chance of long term pain. I thought the procedure and recovery would be a breeze.

Now I wonder if the simplicity of this procedure is all propaganda.

Thanks

 
Old 03-23-2004, 06:21 PM   #13
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You are FINE! I wore a jock for a month - put some vaseline on the suture line - The black and blue is normal - WALK - WALK - the WALK some more - you will be surprised how that seems to work out the pain.

Unfortunately, I just had prostate surgery - you are at the amateur level! I am now walking 2 miles per day - it does wonders! I am only 49.

You will be having intercourse in no time. You will experience some weird sensations the first couple of times. It too will go away -

Go for a WALK!!!!! Think of the good days ahead - no more condoms - no more worrying - any time - any where! my office desk was great!

Hope you NEVER have prostate cancer!

 
Old 03-29-2004, 06:30 AM   #14
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Well if I didn't get a shock at the doctor's office last week.

I called them about the nagging pain that continues on the left side. It's not severe, but it's enough to cause me caution while showering, and I occasionally get a jolt of pain for no reason that feels like I've been kicked.

By the way, I am very physicall fit - weight lift 4 or 5 times a week, run 10 - 15 miles a week. I am serious about taking care of my body and looking good.

Well, the doctor (the same one who did the vasectomy) examined me and said everything is fine. Then he proceeded to tell me that the pain I'm experiencing is normal for a lot of men - especially those with "sensitive" testicles. He said I should expect to experience this pain for a year or so... and then added that he'd had his vasectomy over five years ago and he still has pain like that sometimes. After all, he said, it is surgery.... and your body has to heal. Funny I thought to myself, I've had gallbladder surgery (which I is a lot more involved than the vasectomy), and I was all better with no effects after about two weeks.

Talk about being ****** off! This is the same doctor who during my initial consultation assured me that this was the easiest thing I've ever done. That there would be absolutely no lasting side effects, and all the talk of immune system, prostate, chronic pain issues is all overblown propaganda.

The bottom line is that both the doctor and the nurse (who interviewed me briefly the other day before the doctor saw me) seem to almost go out of their way to make me feel like a wimp for complaining about some discomfort. Like if I didn't feel the need to take pain meds for it, than it was too insignificant to talk about.

As I was leaving the office, I recalled how I read somewhere what a huge money maker this procedure is for doctors (my bill was $600 - for about 30 minutes of time and minimal supplies).

What's next for me? I guess some pain for a while - if not longer.

I just hope I wasn't lied to about the potential for other long term side effects like I was about the chance for pain.

Ron, sorry about the prostate cancer man. I very much hope that your vasectomy had nothing to do with making you more prone to getting it.





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You are FINE! I wore a jock for a month - put some vaseline on the suture line - The black and blue is normal - WALK - WALK - the WALK some more - you will be surprised how that seems to work out the pain.

Unfortunately, I just had prostate surgery - you are at the amateur level! I am now walking 2 miles per day - it does wonders! I am only 49.

You will be having intercourse in no time. You will experience some weird sensations the first couple of times. It too will go away -

Go for a WALK!!!!! Think of the good days ahead - no more condoms - no more worrying - any time - any where! my office desk was great!

Hope you NEVER have prostate cancer!

 
Old 04-11-2004, 08:47 AM   #15
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i had a vasectomy in 1974,which was one of the smartest things i've ever done. had it on a friday and was back to work on monday. yes, i was quite tender and had to take it easy, but it didn't take long to get back to my "usual" activities.

 
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