All I can find is very vague and generic statistics such as:
“Up to 15% of men experience long-term pain following a vasectomy, and up to 2% describe the pain as significantly affecting their quality of life.”
What I’m looking for is something more detailed regarding the amount of time it takes to recover (the numbers below are COMPLETELY made up… I’m just using them as an example of what I’m trying to find.)
- 50% of men fully recover within 1 week
- 60% of men fully recover within 2 weeks
- 70% of men fully recover within 1 month
- 80% of men fully recover within 3 months
- 85% of men fully recover within 1 year
- 15% of men will have chronic pain
- 2% of men will have severe chronic pain
The reason I ask is this: As I sit here nearly 3 weeks post-operation, feeling like I was kicked in the groin just this morning, I’m wondering what the odds are that I am going to experience long-term pain compared to my odds 3 weeks ago.
Using the hypothetical numbers above, three weeks ago I had an 85% chance of full recovery. But if I’m still experiencing pain at the 1-month point (which is quickly approaching) then I’ll only have a 50% chance of a full recovery. As each day passes, the odds of landing in that “Chronic Pain” category goes up.
The distribution of those statistics would determine just how quickly the odds worsen with each passing day.