Post Vasectomy Pain Forum

One Year Post-Vasectomy Stories/Advice

#1

Folks, I’m curious to hear your one-year post-vasectomy pain stories. If you had an early 2018 vasectomy and experienced (or are still experiencing) long-term pain, I’d be curious to hear your story.

I had my vasectomy in March 2018. Since then, it’s been a real low-grade roller-coaster for me filled with pain, hope, progress, regression, and lots of frustration. The surgery itself was pretty uneventful. I laid around the house for two days while my wife and mother-in-law doted on our three boys (ages 5, 2, and 1.5 months at the time). It was the most relaxing I’d done in probably 6+ years!

Within 4 days, I began to experience prostatitis-like symptoms: pain and pressure in the perineum. Whenever I sat down, it felt like I had a golf ball wedged in there. I also had pressure and pain (1-2 on scale of 10) in my testicles. My urologist put me on cipro prophylactically, but I had a bad reaction (aches in my ankles and muscle spasms) so I ended up taking meloxicam and doxycycline. It seemed to help a little, but I chalk up the improvement more to time than anything else.

I continued to improve and thought I might be recovering by June. I’m a runner so I signed up for the Phoenix Rock 'N Roll Marathon set for January 2019. However, I just haven’t been able to get back to running. I didn’t run that marathon and haven’t run more than about 6 miles total in any given week due to pain in my testicles associated with running. I’ve run fewer than 50 miles since the surgery; I used to be a 50 miles a week guy.

Any sort of repetitive jostling sets me up for 2-7 days of continuous dull pain (1 on a scale of 10) coupled with more intense stabbing pain on what feels like the top of my testicles (3-4 on a scale of 10). I also have some pain intermittently when peeing or having sex but have no evidence of any infections.

More recently, it started to cause lower abdominal pain (basically right above the penis). Since I had laparoscopic hernia surgery 10 years ago (umbilical and bilateral inguinal), I returned to my hernia surgeon for a consultation, but he found no evidence of any hernias. The pain remains mostly centered around the top of my testicles. And it almost always hurts after any physical activity that involves something more strenuous walking (e.g. co-coaching my now 3-year old boy’s soccer team).

My experience is not nearly as bad as some of the horror stories on this site. I can manage most of the pain by being extremely inactive. But the surgery certainly changed my life for the worse. Anyhow, I’m curious to hear others’ one-year post-op stories along with any advice you might have to share.

#2

I’m at 9 months. Pretty similar in some respects.

I will refrain from giving any medical advice, but I would recommend visiting a urologist who treats PVPS based on the library on this site (just google “PVPS specialists”). Hopefully there’s one in your area, if not some will do phone consultations.

Sorry you’re here. Best of luck.

#3

I had my procedure Feb 2018 and have had a very similar experience, mostly with pelvic floor pain/prostatitis-like symptoms, not stabbing pains. Testicle pain is mostly gone though not “back to normal.”

This is my first post as I wanted to give it a year before jumping in here.

Long story short, had procedure 2/18, slow-recovery, 3 weeks in prostate-pain kicked in (pain 4 or 5), doc put me on Bactrum which I had a bad reaction to so I switch to a week of Cipro which helped a bit but them pain returned right after getting off it. I do not believe there is an infection, and I do not like taking antibiotics, and from my research, it didn’t seem effective even for those who did the full 3 months.

I had the usual mental freak out and have seen overall very slow improvement in the past year. At first it was uncomfortable to sit in a chair, drive, etc and that lessened after 3 or 4 months, from a 4 pain level taking multiple baths a day to a 1 or 2, with flare-ups. Then I just decided to get super healthy with diet and exercise and create a body that would be extremely healthy so it can heal itself. I went to chiropractor, acupuncture, which helped a bit but no miracles.

For the past 6 months the pain is low grade, a 1 or a 2, and has fluctuations. I played tennis on Saturday and this week it’s been more troubling than it has in months. That sort of physical exercise really seems to irritate it, which is frustrating as you all know! Also it feels slightly irritated for 2 or 3 days after ejaculation, although ejaculation itself feels the same as before procedure.

But I’m staying the course, staying healthy, and trying to be patient. These flare-ups are frustrating, but I know they pass in a week or two. I also realize that my story doesn’t compare to some of the horror stories on this site, but it might be helpful for those experiencing something similar to me. Might get back to more yoga instead of running around the tennis court, but I do miss exercise that is fun and competitive.

It has helped me to really keep my mind on the long-game, as the flare-ups can bum me out but I try and remember it has slowly slowly improved and will continue to. This whole experience has also indirectly also helped me grow spiritually and empathically, having more compassion for those who suffer from chronic pain, mental or physical. Last year I began Vedic meditation (transcendental meditation) 20 minutes twice a day which helped my mental game so much, really brought me out of the fog of depression and self-pity and low energy that comes with that. Hope to report back in a year with more improvement.

Best of luck to you all.