Luke has been playing video games and reading comic books since childhood. He's a bearded family man in plaid.
This will not be a graphic re-telling of my procedure. When I write "you," I'm addressing the person who's thinking about getting a vasectomy. My wife and I made this decision together.
This Blessing Got Me Stressing
After having two wonderful kids, my wife and I are DONE. Closing up shop. The only time the phrase "too blessed to be stressed" is wrong is when it comes to children. My four-year-old son is my whole world, my best little buddy. Every word he says is a miracle—AND he's discovered the "guess what" mechanic of conversation. There are two things one can say after being asked, "Guess what?"
"Chicken butt!" or "What?"
He does not appreciate the "chicken butt" answer.
He's such a creative kid, inventing new stories and characters on the fly for his epic tale of Natch, a single orange LEGO block. He's learning so much everyday, and it's an amazing thing to see.
Our daughter is 14 months old and is some kind of straight-up savage creature designed to dominate all those around her and conquer territory in the name of an ancient, nameless forest deity who demands teeth for victory. There's nothing she won't climb, no TV show or movie that grabs her attention, and she either poops once every three days or six times before noon.
DONE. I know my limits.
And I knew that when we were done having kids, I would be getting a vasectomy.
The Process of Getting a Vascectomy
It couldn't have been easier.
- The phone call to set up the appointment was so streamlined and easy that it took less than 10 minutes.
- The doctor's office called in a prescription for two Valiums—one to take before the procedure to help me relax, and the other to help me rest afterwards.
- They email you the steps you need to take to prepare (i.e., cleaning, shaving, not drinking alcohol beforehand).
- At the office, the actual procedure took around 10 minutes. Telling me how to take care of myself afterwards took twice as long.
- You walk back to your car with an ice pack. My wife drove because I took the prescribed Valium.
What's the Alternative to a Vasectomy?
A tubal ligation or "getting one's tubes tied" is the female equivalent of a vasectomy, but it's a very serious surgery for a person to have. The cons do not seem to outweigh the pros.
- The risk of infection is greater with tubal ligation.
- Downtime for a vasectomy is a few days to a week, while for a ligation, recovery takes a few weeks to a month.
- The cost of a vasectomy can range from $400-$1,200, while a tubal ligation can cost upwards of $10,000.
I am not brave for getting a vasectomy. The risks were inconsequentially low. My wife had two natural births. I don't want her to go through a serious surgery when something as easy as a vasectomy exists.
So there was some pain, but on a scale of 1-10, maybe a 3. There was some soreness, but it's nothing that some Tylenol and an ice pack cannot fix.
The worst thing was having to limit my physical activity, which was difficult with two small kids. You're not supposed to lift anything more than 10 lbs for around a week.
With all of that in mind, if I had to decide again, I'd still 100% go through with the vasectomy.
- A vasectomy is not an automatic fix. Please use another form of birth control until you have been tested. You don't have to go to an awkward doctor's appointment; you can order the test online and complete it at home.
- Not all vasectomies are created equal. Pain tolerances differ for each person.
- After a vasectomy, there's something that is made fully clear, whether through signed documentation or directly from the doctor. I will not be able to father any more children. A vasectomy reversal is possible, but not reliable.
- If you have a partner, you need to discuss this with them. This is a big decision. At the end of the day, when all is said and done, it's your body. But they have the right to know.
So, Is a Vasectomy Right for You?
That really depends on you. Some things to consider:
- If you have the necessary organs: Yes.
- If you want biological children or more biological children soon: No.
- If you're done having kids: Yes.
- If both you and your partner agree: Yes.
After you consider these and other questions, do some research, find a doctor/clinic, and get it done, people.
Let me know if you have any questions or if you're in my area (Texas) and want my doctor's details.
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dashingscorpio from Chicago on March 11, 2019:
I had a vasectomy many years ago. I always knew that I didn't want to have children. Getting a vasectomy was an empowering move on my part in that I didn't have to rely on a woman to take her birth control properly anymore. Wish they'd had a pill for men.
However I did come across a single mother who told me she could never (date) a guy who had a vasectomy. Apparently that was a "deal breaker" for her. Personally I've always felt there were two types of dating. One is (living in the moment and having fun) and the other was being open to possibly getting married.
I suspect she didn't want to take the chance of possibly getting "serious" with a guy who had a vasectomy while knowing she wanted to have more children some day. Who knew a vasectomy may be a "deal breaker". Nevertheless I have no regrets!