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Snip Snip - the side effects of a vasectomy

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DH is thinking of getting snipped - we're done having kids.

Almost all Dr.s say there is no side-effects, The procedure is down,  a day or two of rest and an ice pack and he's done. 

However, the internet says shows a very different side.  Men reporting pain, a constant pain for months following,  the vas deferns (or epidideymis) bursting from pressure, swelling continuing for weeks.

So two quesitons -

 Do you know any men who have had it done - did they have any issues a day or two post procedure?

Second - it seems like this is the case with everything medical.  Medicine/Dr.s/AMA/Hospitals say whatever procedure/operation/drug/etc is safe and then the internet shows some pretty bad horror stories resulting from "Safe" procedures/operations/drugs/etc.

Do you trust that something is safe b/c "medicine" says it is - or do you think "big medicine" is just looking out for themselves and will say anything? 

CafeMom Tickers

by on Jan. 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM
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fnpdocgrrl
by Boudica on Jan. 27, 2013 at 1:10 AM

Hubs had a vasectomy back in 96' while he was still married to the ex bitch from hell.  He had no issues with it.

He had a vas reversal done in 2006 so we could have our son, who was born a year later.  Obviously, he had no issues with it :)

He was resnipped about two years ago with no incident.

SewingMamaLele
by Leanne on Jan. 27, 2013 at 2:58 AM

DH had it done in July.   He didn't continue his anti-biotics and ended up with an infection.   Finished the anti-biotics and he was fine.

He does complain that it feels "funny" now... like something is out of place.   But, that's it. 

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Jan. 27, 2013 at 4:13 AM
Quoting JCB911:

Second - it seems like this is the case with everything medical.  Medicine/Dr.s/AMA/Hospitals say whatever procedure/operation/drug/etc is safe and then the internet shows some pretty bad horror stories resulting from "Safe" procedures/operations/drugs/etc.

Do you trust that something is safe b/c "medicine" says it is - or do you think "big medicine" is just looking out for themselves and will say anything? 

Doctors are used to talking to stupid people.   People who don't understand the difference between a side effect that happens 1 in 100 times, and a side effect that happens 1 in 100,000 times.

So they tailor their language, simplify things.   If someone shouldn't be alarmed, then they say what will end up with that person not being alarmed, rather than be technically accurate.

You can change how your doctor talks to you by hitting the non-verbal cues that tell the doctor "Here is a fellow professional, who won't be unduly alarmed by the truth."

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