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How long before you were back on the bike? What can I expect as far as recovery? What worked best for you in order to get back in the saddle asap?
 

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I wasn't really riding to speak of back when I had my vas, so I'll have to leave that part to others here. I know in my case my sack was pretty swollen and in a sling (yeah, they make one for that, ask your doc) for several days. I've heard others have it a lot easier. I'd say plan on a couple weeks and be glad if it turns out to be shorter than that.
 

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I need to do this but I guess I am a flat out wuss waaaaah waaaah

Just curious - how much work did ya guys miss? Was your nurse cute? ;)
 

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I need to do this but I guess I am a flat out wuss waaaaah waaaah

Just curious - how much work did ya guys miss? Was your nurse cute? ;)
I had a relatively bad time of it, but I've always been glad I had it done. Yeah, my nurse was cute, but so was the doctor (a resident, actually) who did the procedure.

There's more to the story. I worked at a hospital and the clinic where this was done was at the other campus where I'd filled in a few times, and sometimes staff from there came to my campus. I was laid out in the room, all draped and clean and ready for them to start and the nurse was running around getting the last few things ready. Since all the attention was at my other end,it took awhile for the nurse to look down at my face. When she finally did she said, "Hey, I've seen you before!" All I could do was smile and say, "Well, you've certainly seen me now!" Now let me mention that local anesthetics have never done much of anything for me. I've been to the dentist without any anesthesia at all (I'd had a bad reaction to the stuff he used before) and honestly couldn't tell much difference. Of course, docs don't really pay attention when I'd tell them that their stuff isn't going to do much good. So the doc walks in and since this was a teaching hospital, announces that he's going to surpervise a resident doing the actual procedure. It quickly became obvious this was her first time doing this. The room felt like they had it about 65 degrees with a draft, the anesthesia is practically useless, and this woman kept telling me to "relax" while she's coming at my sac with a razor. Yeah, right!!!

Fortunately, I survived the experience, though I'm sure if a more skilled hand had wielded the blade I wouldn't have had as much swelling as I did over the next few days. It worked and ever since I haven't had to worry about any little swimmers. It came in especially handy for avoiding a very big worry after my divorce a couple years ago, LOL. Yeah, I believed in safe sex but no birth control method is infallable, especially if you get energetic and raincoats slip. Now I'm marrried again and since we have no interest in starting over again with a new batch, it's still very convenient to have this out of the way. And no I'm not saying a potential divorce down the road is a reason to have a vas now, just that it worked out that way for me.

BTW, I had it done on Friday, had the weekend off (and maybe one more day, can't recall for sure), then went back to work where I had to be on my feet most of the time.
 

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Simple...

I told them of the fear factor in the nether regions at my initial consultation. They prescribed a Valium to take prior to the snip snip. I was very relaxed going in. I shaved the scotum the night before. Not as bad as i thought, but freaky looking in the mirror. I did a good job so that no one else had to do it. Yikes! A slight prick for the local anestesia, a little pulling after that. 25 minutes and I had my shorts back on. Max pain on a 0-10 scale was 2 or 3. That pain being the local anestesia. A mere prick. alot of it was mental, but the Valium took care of that. I covered my face and closed my eyes to relax. I went home to bed, iced it 10 minutes every hour for 24 hours with a bag of peas. Only left bed to go pee. Kept a big jug of water and Clif bars next to the bed. A little sore after 1 day, I took a shower. Didn't lift a thing. I'm lucky in that I've got 4 days off before back to work.
 

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slam dunk as far a procedures go. In 6 days I made a fully stretched diving catch playing softball. I waited 2 weeks to ride, but probably could have done it faster.
 

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I had it done on a Friday, the following week I was back on the bike....7 days......did a 27 mile mtn bike ride. Doc told me not to ride for 2 weeks when I first asked.


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Ouch

The actual proceedure was fine, small stick and one or two eye openers as he ventured outside the range of the local. Took the rest of the day and the weekend off and went back to work Monday.
Did the bag o peas thing and after a week it felt good enough to ride, so I did. Next morning was no fun at all, some swelling and loads of aches, probably should have listened to the Dr when he said 2 weeks. Gave it another week and a half and things were fine
 

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My wife has been pressuring me for a while to get one, but I am downright scared. I usually make up excuses like I plan to sire more children with my girlfriend, but I am really frightened. I don;t think any of this has helped me with it either.
 

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My wife has been pressuring me for a while to get one, but I am downright scared. I usually make up excuses like I plan to sire more children with my girlfriend, but I am really frightened. I don;t think any of this has helped me with it either.
HAAHHA while we're on the topic look at your avatar... hahahahah

so your WIFE wants you to get snipped but you want babies with your GIRLFRIEND?
 

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I had mine about 5 years ago & it was probably about 2 weeks before getting back on the bike, took it easy on the road first to make sure everything was ok. I was pretty bruised & sore for about 5 days. I had the local also & the nurses were talking about where they were going on holiday & having a right laugh while my gonads were getting treated. I had to have extra aneasthetic as it did hurt a fair bit. Never regretted it though two kids were enough & no worries about protection.
 

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Critking said:
My wife has been pressuring me for a while to get one, but I am downright scared. I usually make up excuses like I plan to sire more children with my girlfriend, but I am really frightened. I don;t think any of this has helped me with it either.
Vasectomy is the ultimate mature and loving gift to give a relationship ( or something along those lines). Your wife is probably pressuring you because she's sick of dealing with contraception, and it's your turn. Examine your fears, and then get real. A vasectomy is NOTHING compared to 9 months of preganancy, or child birth. It's not filling your body with hormones that shouldn't be there for years on end, or interfering with intimacy in any other way. A really nasty endo is going to hurt way more for way longer than a vasectomy ever will. And the benefits of pregnancy free sex are, well, nice for everyone involved.

~f.
 

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Critking said:
My wife has been pressuring me for a while to get one, but I am downright scared. I usually make up excuses like I plan to sire more children with my girlfriend, but I am really frightened. I don;t think any of this has helped me with it either.
Go get it done. It's much easier than her carrying a baby for 9 months and then having herself ripped open when giving birth. It's really not that big a deal. It feels like you got kicked in the groin for a couple of days but you will be back in the saddle in no time. Believe me, you do not want to have an oops. I know several that have. One guy was 1 week away from having his vasectomy done and OOPS... Now they have 3 kids and the wife doesn't get to go back to work. That's a $40K loss per year.....
 

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I just had one on Friday...

It really wasn't that big a deal and the pain scale was way less than I thought. Mine took 10 min tops and I was off the table. I took 2 valiums about 15 min before and that will get you in the mood. At least to lower inhibitions. A little pain / burning as the local was injected but it was over like in 3 seconds. The Dr. was very good and always asked if there was any pain. The only uncomfortable thing was smelling the burning smell as he was cauterizng. :eek:

I felt fine afterwards and two days later I can barely tell I had it done. But I am following his orders and doing nothing for 3 days and using some ice. I feel good enough to go out and ride now but I won't. That's a tuff thing to do because I have a brand new Heckler that I got a day before the procedure, so it has only 1 ride on it. So here I sit doing nothing, feeling pretty darn good, with a brand new rig just sitting there. But better safe than sorry and would rather wait 2 weeks and heal up completely than tear up some stuff and have to wait that much longer. BTW, 2 weeks for the bike was his recommendation but he did say to let pain be the guide; so maybe earlier. Bottom line is everyones body is different. Some had a great procedure others...not so good. But I hope it's well worth it in the end. I think Formica hit the nail right on the head in her posts. After seeing my wife go through what she did, twice, and miss a whole lot of great rides, it was the least I could do!

My only advice would be to maybe wait until riding season is not at its peak. Two weeks off the bike with all these beautiful days bites. Winter would've been better. Also, don't do it the day after you finish building a new bike.
 

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One guy was 1 week away from having his vasectomy done and OOPS... Now they have 3 kids and the wife doesn't get to go back to work. That's a $40K loss per year....
true story. The oops of a friend of mine which should have been #3 turned into identical triplets concieved naturally. They went from 2 to 5 kids in less than a year. He now has 5 teenagers, 4 of them girls. Man, if THAT doesn't scare you into doing it.......
 

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I got mine done last year. The procedure is really not that bad, so don't be scared. It's over in like 10-15 minutes, I didn't need valium or anything. Pain was very minimal both during and after. However for me the worst part wasn't pain per se, but a slight case of feeling natious like someone kicked you in your balls. You know, that sort of sick to your stomach feeling. It wasn't super bad, and sitting on the couch iced made it go away. Still, I didn't want to ride the first 3-4 days, took me probably about 8 days before I felt 100% and not scared of hitting the jewels while riding.

Overall it was much easier and less painful than I expected, definitely glad I got it done. Insurance covered it 100%, minus one office visit copay. Beats buying condoms all the time :)
 
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