Post Vasectomy Pain Forum

My Journey, Anxiety, and Hope

I’ve made some bad decisions in my life, but depending on the future of my recovery, this might be the worst. I’d like to thank the goodfellas that have posted about their journey as I was extremely helpless about 1-2 months ago, when I actually found this site. Below is my personal journey to help others that unfortunately develop(ed) PVPS and how my recovery will go as I have scheduled a Reversal with the PUR clinic on November 13:

Dec '18- Vasectomy completed and was a terrible experience. I felt a lot of “touching” during the procedure and had major nerve pain on the table, mostly on my left side (which has been problematic). The doc stated he gave me double the amount of anesthesia he normally administers and was surprised I was still feeling things. I have a belief that a nerve was touched during this period.

Feb-Mar '19- Visited original vas doc 3 times over the next 2 months. He told me “I have been doing this 24 years and have only had 1 confirmed case of PVPS; I am confident you will not be #2”. First visit, 2 weeks of Celebrex. Felt pretty good while on it, but little sex drive for the most part. Went back and told doc, I think I have Epididymitis. He said, “I doubt it, as it is an infection, and you don’t have the symptoms of the infection.” I asked him how it was treated and he gave me Cipro. That med destroyed my stomach and didn’t help. The last time I went back, he seemed that he thought I was making this stuff up in my head, but as you all know, it is very real. I went from having to masturbate 5-10 times per week, to 1-2 times per week, and it not feeling like I was giving myself any sexual relief. I also had 2 sexual experiences where I had total ED. That maybe happened 1-2 in my life previously and it really affected my confidence.

Apr-Sep '19- Found a new urologist to try and “cure” me. Probably visited this doc 5-6 times over the months. Went on 2 weeks of Celebrex 4 different times, with one full month of Ibuprofen. After 2 ultrasounds, which showed too much blood flow to epididymitis, bilateral hydroceles, and a cyst on my testicle that was filling with fluid, I noticed he was in over his head. The last time I saw him, he offered to inject a nerve block. This actually calmed my nerves and muscle down for about a day, had the best erection I had all year…then my nerves went crazy for a week or so. Nerve vibrations went down to my ankle some days. Tried another sexual experience (with Cialis), ED again. My symptoms can be summed up as testicular dull aches, nerve pain going down my inner thigh/buttocks (left side), back pressure in lower abdomen, aches behind testicle, weakness of pelvic floor muscle, testicle ache when getting “turned on”, weak erections and losing them quickly at times.

Oct’19- Really depressed and hopeless I researched reversal specialists and found the PUR clinic and set up a phone consultation with Dr. P. He looked at my records and asked me a lot of questions that gave him explanation of above. Right there and then, I decided to book the reversal. In the weeks since the consultation, I have been an anxious mess as some days I barely have pain and then there are others that make me want to get it over with. I have had 2 sexual experiences that were good but aided by Cialis. I just had another experience this week that I did not have my “aid” and stopped it before I would have been let down. I am very active, work out 5 days per week, running, cycling, active sports etc. My question is to those who have had serious sexual performance diminish and lower level pain but true PVPS in that area, when were you able to get back to being active again and does the sexual performance get better? Has anyone been in similar situation?

I will post updates post surgery. I will try to have a positive mindset but sometimes the mind overpowers…

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Thanks for sharing your story.

Many have reported a lot of better things post reversal, including what you are hoping for, but I wouldn’t expect anything immediately. By saying that, I’m not suggesting that it’s impossible that you will not notice an improvement in a matter of weeks tho. There’s to many uncertainties to say one way or another.

Reversals are a crap shoot on many levels. The recovery process and timeline can be far more challenging than anticipated and/or expected. Some get lucky, and some don’t when it comes to all of that. Many fall somewhere in-between too.

I’ve heard far more positive stories in regard to reversal helping men with post vasectomy sexual side effects than not. If I had to guess at a percentage of each category - the numbers would be incomparable. Example’s - low est 70% / 30% or high est 90% / 10%. No accurate data has ever been compiled by anyone that I am aware of. Furthermore, my guesstimates include all categories of vasectomized men, not just pvps guys.

Please be advised that a vasectomy reversal has a chance to make you worse off too. That’s not the norm, and it’s just one of many reasons corrective procedures get refered to as a crap shoot. In all honesty, you really don’t know what you will get. It’s a roll of the dice. Hope for the best, and be prepared for the worst.

Far to many :confused:

If you have any specific questions, please ask.

Good luck, and keep us posted.

Edited - Didn’t feel comfortable with my original guesstimate % numbers. Reader beware - they are just guestimates. I still feel comfortable with my original statement - the numbers are incomparable.

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Appreciate the response. My specific question is - to those who have had serious sexual performance diminish and lower level pain but true PVPS in that area, when were you able to get back to being active again and does the sexual performance get better?
And I understand there is no definitive answer but just want to gain a general understanding of those who have had my symptoms with recovery success/timeline, etc.

Active yes, ED not so much.

Without going into too much detail, my reversal was 13-1/2 years ago. All in all, a good recovery, though I’ve relapsed with some nerve pain. Have been able to return to a normal life, though, for 10 or 11 of the past 13-1/2 years, and reversal was the first step toward recovery for me.

On the ED aspect, the uros and my GP are probably right to point to other factors. I turn 55 next month, and a lot of guys my age need a boost. In addition, I was diagnosed with high BP on a US Air Force pre-commissioning physical in 1987 when I was just 22 and have been on BP meds ever since. Those tend to, especially over time, contribute to ED since they’re working to reduce blood pressure, and getting a boner requires a rush of blood to the genitals. I can’t argue with that.

Odds are good you’ll get some of your manhood back.

Got it. Thanks for the info. I am 36 with always a very high sex drive prior to vas. I am in very good physical shape with no medical conditions. It is kind of ironic, but being physically active has helped me forget about the testicle issues (mostly happens when sitting upright) so I’ve been obsessed with keeping active this past year and has gotten me to peak physical shape for my age range. But I’d prefer to be a stud in the bedroom than on a sports field now!

Hi, sorry your here. Hope the reversal goes well for you. Be sure to keep us updated.

How is your pain level? I’d imagine it hurts but I couldn’t imagine exercise at the moment.

@MrValentino.

Speaking for myself, reversal helped me in the ways you are hoping for yourself, but it was no picnic getting there. I’ve dealt with a lot of other complications and problems which you can read about if you search for them.

There is a search bar on this site, and you will likely find it handy. Generally speaking, the search bar is a way faster method of reading specific testimonials - rather than waiting on them in real time.

My experience’s with reversal were back in 2010 - 2011. I’ve had two reversals, and they were nearly 1 year apart. Sometimes it can be easy to tell about the good, but believe me, I’ve been through hell on many levels in the past.

Good luck brother.