Severe pain starting 3 months after vasectomy


I had my vasectomy 3 months ago today.

Things were going well from the operation until about 4 days ago. My balls were tender, but nothing too bad. Then I started experiencing pain while ejaculating, and some random pains on both sides.

Last night, an unbearable surging pain from my right testicle up into my pelvic area started happening at 10-15 second intervals. It has persisted through the night into this afternoon. I took one of the Percocets I was prescribed for recovery pain (didn’t need them). It got me high, but did nothing for the pain.

I’m not expecting a solution or anything, but I wanted to post this here and use the thread to keep a record of my journey. sigh I knew about pvps before the operation, but I bought the stated rarity of it and wanted to do something nice for my wife by letting her get off birth control. She didn’t pressure me at all. It was my choice.


The pain has persisted, albeit less intense, today. Saw my urologist this morning (the one who performed the operation). He was sympathetic and compassionate, but visibly timid about approaching the situation. He said my epididymis was swollen, so I got a 2-week prescription for meloxicam (an NSAID). He also suggested warm baths as a first-line treatment, so I took one for about 30 minutes, and it seemed to help quite a bit. The pain is still there (3:49 pm), but it has lessened. The most relief I’ve felt today was right after the bath.

The doctor also said that it was too early to worry about lifelong pain, and that I can hope for any inflammation to subside over the next few weeks, while taking meloxicam for relief. He also ordered an ultrasound and asked to see me again in 3 months.


It may be congestion related. If you don’t see improvement, I’d suggest checking the papaya seed thread on this forum. Basically, it could be a clog of your sperm building up over the last few months. Papaya seed (powder) is a natural way to drop Sperm count. Some have seen improvement with testosterone therapy replacement as well - but that may carry additional risks if your T is already in a good spot.

Good luck!


Stick with the warm baths. It’s no joke. I’d also add some epsom salt. In three years, it’s probably the single most effective thing I’ve done. I do it every night before bed without fail.


For 9 days after the last message, I enjoyed minimal pain (while taking Meloxicam daily). I skipped it one morning and was jolted by the same sudden pain while falling asleep that night. I took a dose right away, and the pain subsided after about 30 minutes.

I got my ball-trasound (sorry, gotta keep a sense of humor) today. Results pending. I also skipped Meloxicam this morning and experienced relatively mild symptoms today.

All the pain I’ve experienced is notably less intense and shorter-lasting than the episode at the beginning of this thread.

I appreciate everyone’s advice and suggestions.


I had pain that showed up 5 months after vasectomy which was triggered by ejaculation. My pain however stayed localized to the groin area. Ibuprofen and naproxen did nothing for the pain, but I obtained relief from the pain for about 4 weeks with a low dose of amitriptyline (elavil) prescribed by the urologist. After about one month though the amitriptyline no longer worked.

The only thing I have found to always help are ice packs. I am a huge proponent of ice packs. They have and continue to be my best friend. Sad, I know. :roll_eyes:


Just got ultrasound results. No infection or cancer. Doctor recommended continuing Meloxicam for a total of 2-4 weeks. It works, but it’s not something I can take long term.