I can't stand single case studies, which will dominate the feedback I generally get for these types of posts.
What is a single case study? Example:
Statement: Smoking causes lung cancer, mouth cancer, throat cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and bad breath.
Case study reply: "My grandfather smoked; he lived to be 96!"
Great. Let's all smoke, then.
Let's do away with single case studies and have a frank discussion about vasectomies.
The first post I wrote was the day or two after my own procedure.
My experience was typical. I was very nervous; there was a fair amount of pain - I'd evaluate it as 7 on a scale of 10. The surgery took about fifteen or twenty minutes, and I couldn't wait for it to be over.
But, eventually, it ended, and with it ended my decades of fertility.
I drove myself home. There was a sheet of sterile gauze surrounded and supported by my jeans, my thighs, my underwear (wear briefs, not boxers!), and, of course, my testicles (yes, I still have them).
For the afternoon following my snip, I arranged for the children to be away, and my brother and my close friend to keep me company. They were fantastic; they barbecued, brought along with them several DVD's and snack to accompany the movie collection.
They paused the movie whenever I limped upstairs to go to the bathroom or change the gauze.
Although my brother dared not, my buddy was even brave enough to peek at my stitches - two small spots of black suture on a slightly swollen scrotum.
Whenever I deemed the gauze needed replacing, I did so on my own. Once you understand the fantastic convenience of a sterile maxi-pad adhered to your briefs (don't wear boxers!!), feeling refreshed is a snap.
I sat on the sofa with an icepack between my legs, watch sci-fi and ate burgers and potato chips with my friend and family member - it was almost the perfect day, save a slight throbbing from the place where fertility used to live.
The pain was acute for a day or two, then annoying for another four. Within a week-and-a-half it was gone altogether.
A month or two after the procedure, you're booked for a follow-up test to be sure there are no more active sperm in your ejaculate (get over it, that's what it's called). From that point on - for the rest of your life - you are ensured of non-procreative sex.
Compare that to the unreliable, awkward condom (although it is necessary to mention that a condom is still the best protection - save for abstinence - against sexually transmitted diseases and infection).
Or to the birth control pill which brings with is it's own set of side effects (and its own - although slight - level of unreliability).
Or the intrusiveness and risks of an Intrauterine Device .
Or the physical and mental stress and complications of dealing with an unexpected pregnancy.
Yes, a vasectomy is unpleasant and scary, and carries with it a certain amount of discomfort. But - with the exception of the single case studies you're about the send me - it is relatively risk free, quick, only temporarily painful, and reliable when coupled with the follow-up exam.
It is a far better option than asking your partner to commit to a decades-long diet of pills, or to house a foreign body in their uterus.
Are you prone to passing out? I am, too. I've passed out four times while trying to give blood, once more when I went to visit my Mom at work - she was a nurse in the preemie baby unit, and again while watching a psychic surgery video in college. For Pete's sake it wasn't even real surgery!
I did NOT pass out during my vasectomy.
Even if I had, I was lying down, in a doctor's office. Where better to lose consciousness?
Do it! Get rid of the kids for the day. Call you buddies, order some movies and some pizza, and say good-bye to fertility, condoms, birth control pills, and, most importantly, the risk of having to start aaaallllllover with sleepless nights and diaper changes.
All you REALLY need to undergo a vasectomy, is balls.