Why is it every time I mention that vasectomies are not as safe as most people make them out to be, people come out of the woodwork to argue with you about how wonderful vasectomies are and that I must be just a whiny little baby that had an isolated bad experience and now has an agenda against vasectomies?
(sorry, that was a bit of a run-on)
There was a post on a closed group on Facebook that pointed out the idiocracy of a meme suggesting all should get vasectomies and have them reversed only after they are deemed worthy to procreate. It was all in a friendly discussion regarding reducing unwanted pregnancies.
This is what I posted:
I’m a big opponent of vasectomies and tubal ligation as the risks are not worth the reward. If something that is naturally a part of someone’s body is working as it was designed to, don’t mess with it. I support birth control, abstinence, and Plan B (if used as instructed).
Basically, long story short, I had a vasectomy and am now stuck with chronic pain that will be with me for the rest of my life and will continue to get worse as I age. Insult to injury, the doctor completely missed both vas deferens so my sperm count is the same as it ever was. And this doctor was well researched and arguably the best in Houston. I could go on but I’d be typing for a very long time.
People had a problem with the part about the “risks are not worth the reward” bit as “vasectomies are perfectly harmless procedure”. I went on to say that the side effects and percentages of people affected by them are not accurate at all and that many people, including myself have suffered for years from it.
Look. I don’t want to argue. I am just sharing another side of the coin to make people realise that vasectomies are not the in-and-out, easily reversible, and harmless procedure most people incorrectly claim them to be. If you were to go into a COMPLETELY ELECTIVE medical procedure, wouldn’t you want to be informed of the actual side effects and accurate rates of what percentage of people will experience them? Hundreds of men I have spoken to online and in person wish there had been someone that had told them the actual risks involved with this procedure - I count myself as one of them. As I mentioned before, had I known there was a even a 1% chance that I would even have half the pain that I feel constantly every day, I would have never gone through with it.
But, no. People just want to attack you over this even if you provide legitimate sources supporting your position.
I know. “Welcome to the Internet.” but this happens in person too. Anybody else have to deal with this every time they suggest they oppose vasectomies?