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The Reg readership might be interested to know that the coming Friday does not just signal the end of the working week and time to cut loose, it is also World Vasectomy Day. WVD, to use the acronym, isn’t a new thing per se, it first started in 2013 to celebrate men around the world who are “stepping up for their partners, …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I had to go for an Op due to a cyst and was on the same ward as the vasectomy crowd, they were the most depressed looking bunch of men I've ever seen.

    1. TRT Silver badge

      Wouldn't you be...

      if your danglers were inside your misuses purse and she was closing the clasp?

      1. bombastic bob Silver badge
        Unhappy

        Re: Wouldn't you be...

        this article is making me think of this web site at the moment:

        http://web.archive.org/web/20171013064115/http://www.nomarriage.com/

        sadly, looks like the site is offline now. thanks to the web archive, not completely.

        Anyway... a couple of snips helps to prevent "the obvious problem", in a society that assumes that men are PREDATORS, and women are pure and innocent (regardless of whatever they CLAIM).

        <rant>

        Those who have EVER been through a nasty divorce involving child custody, ESPECIALLY in Cali-FORNICATE-you, will understand what I mean. It's better to get SNIPPED and DENY the planet the benefit of your gene pool, than to have to ENDURE the ANAL RAPING in a courtroom, for those *kinds* of women don't have penises, but they have ATTORNEYS, and those attorneys will do "by proxy" (in the courtroom) what THEY could NEVER do to you...

        </rant>

        yes, mental picture intentional. "BOHICA" --> Bend Over Here It Comes Again

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "[...] they were the most depressed looking bunch of men I've ever seen."

      Same when I went for my vasectomy. All seemed to be accompanied by presumably their wives or girlfriends. Wasn't that much of a drama for me though.

      As a mid-30s single man the Marie Stopes clinic consultation was concentrated on whether I would ever regret not having children. Not a problem - there are already enough children to help to educate/nurture without adding any more to the population.

      The op wasn't that bad - except I felt the first incision as local anaesthetics always seem to take a while to take effect on me. Had some mild pain for a few weeks - and after 30 years I still feel an occasional "tug" in one testicle.

      A woman friend at the time said how nice it would be for me to not to have to use condoms - then the AIDS campaigns started.

      1. Graham Jordan

        You're lucky then. I had the misfortune of smelling my tubes on fire, getting nipped in a place without drugs, then once they did ware off rolling around on the bed for 3 hours feeling like someone had taken my nuts in a vice.

        Still, i'd do it all again in a heart beat. BEST RESULT EVER

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          You think that's bad? I woke up from the anaesthetic to find I had a neo-vagina! Not much chance of reversing that one. Turns out there was a mix up with the urologist database. I blame the fact they were still using XP.

      2. thomn8r

        there are already enough children to help to educate/nurture without adding any more to the population.

        This! I think the desire to throw a little is the ultimate in narcissism.

    3. Velv Silver badge
      Headmaster

      There are a small number of people who enjoy medical attention.

      For the vast majority the thought of any kind of medical procedure is depressing, a unpleasant necessity, something we need to do but would rather we didn't. Last hospital I visited didn't have the entertainment of cocktail service and a cabaret band, it was kind of focused on the serious job at hand.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Would you call them men? I would have thought that eunuchs would be a more accurate description.

    5. big_D Silver badge

      I was in out in about 30 minutes, no bed, no ward. They operated and then sent me straight back home.

      The bad part was, the doctor only checked the anaesthetic only worked on one side, when he cut into the other side, I told him politely that it wasn't blocking the pain (I grunted and screamed at him)... He did a Magnus Magnusson impression and said, "I've started so I'll (have to) finish."

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Well that's a kick in the balls.

    Comedy aside (if you can call it that) I'll be having this in a few months, the deal being that if my partner stops smoking I'll get it done.

    1. Rainer

      > if my partner stops smoking I'll get it done

      That's ridiculous, IMO.

      What if she relapses?

      You can't really un-snip it.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Of course you can unsnip. Even says so in the story. It'll cost between £2k to £5k. That and a bit more pain.

        1. Brett Weaver

          Unsnip?

          The vasectomy reversal is by no means as reliable as the vasectomy. Even a successful reversal can reverse itself again fairly quickly through tube scarring etc. This happened to me. I believe there are only a small percentage of long term reverses.

          Note that your wigglers go into your body after a vasectomy so your body develops anti-bodies to your sperm as well. There is a school of thought that this could reduce your sex drive.

          I am happy that I have the IOFB tie, but when I got my vasectomy done I was told it was symptom free and "so much better than your wife getting her tubes tied"... I'm not as sure as I was then.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Vasectomy Reversal

          I had to get a reversal myself after suffering a year of severe Post Vasectomy Pain Syndrome following my vasectomy.

          It is indeed £3000, and the NHS will refuse to pay for it into the bargain.

          It fixed the most severe part of the problem but I still have some residual pain nearly 5 years on.

          Here are some chronic pain rates at 1 year and 10 years in a British Journal of Urology paper.

          http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1464-410X.2003.04663.x/full

          13% + still had pain a decade after their vasectomy.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Vasectomy Reversal

            Thanks for all the advice especially the lube comment... I'll take it into consideration.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      You're off for the snip? I originally intended to, but I was put off by the official advice of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, whose patient advice (link below) reports chronic pain in 5-15% of patients. Those were odds I didn't think were good enough, particularly the 5% for whom the pain interfered with daily activities.

      Odds on you'll be fine - but be aware of those odds.

      https://www.baus.org.uk/_userfiles/pages/files/Patients/Leaflets/Vasectomy.pdf

    3. strum Silver badge
      Coat

      > if my partner stops smoking I'll get it done.

      Wouldn't vaseline be easier?

  3. TRT Silver badge

    Friday?

    Is that Blackball Friday?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Friday?

      Is that Blackball Friday?

      Followed by Black and Blue Ball Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, according to a colleague who got the op.

      1. big_D Silver badge

        Re: Friday?

        No black and blue after the operation and no pain after the operation (see above).

        It is a very quick and easy operation, usually done on an out-patient basis, at least here in Germany. I went to my local urologist, had the operation and got a taxi back home half an hour later.

        A couple of days of abstinence and that was it.

    2. MyffyW Silver badge

      Re: Friday?

      A Friday afternoon vasectomy. What could possibly go wrong...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Am I the only one to boast

    a four inch vasectomy scar?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Am I the only one to boast

      That seems extreme. After 30 years I can't see my tiny scar.

      Reminds me of a young friend who had to have an operation on his guts. He was very disappointed when the dressing was removed and there were just a couple of tiny keyhole incisions.

      As he was packing to leave hospital he collapsed and was rushed into emergency surgery for an internal haemorrhage. No messing about with keyhole techniques this time. He is very proud of his six inch scar straight up the middle of his stomach - except he lost his belly button in the process.

    2. TRT Silver badge

      Re: Am I the only one to boast

      Boast about it? That take a lot of balls.

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Ok, OK, OK. I have to come clean

      Had a BUPA (thru work) op booked to fix a hernia. Around the same time came to the decision to be "turned off at the mains" so said to the surgeon, as he would be rummaging around in that region and I'd be out for the count, would he kindly oblige. The guy vouchsafed that he had to take care to avoid damaging that bit of plumbing anyway in a hernia op, so he would do one side the traditional way and the other via the hernia incision. We came to an "arrangement" that I would only get personally billed for the snipping bit and all the rest would be covered by the insurance anyway. Sorted and I genuinely have a 4" vasectomy scar.

      So there.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Ok, OK, OK. I have to come clean

        Sorted and I genuinely have a 4" vasectomy scar. So there.

        I'm disappointed. I thought you were going to bring us a tale of having your pods crimped in the back of a Chinese takeaway by a bloke with a meat cleaver.

  5. Sil

    There is no 100 % guarantee a vasectomy can be reversed.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      New reversable techniques are being researched. One involves blocking the vas deferens with a gel.

  6. Dan 55 Silver badge
    Alert

    Time for a bit of Baron Munchausen

    Cut off in my prime

    surrounded by beautiful women all the time

    A eunuch's life is hard

    A eunuch's life is hard

    A eunuch's life is haaaaaaaard

    and nothing else

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Time for a bit of Baron Munchausen

      "A eunuch's life is hard"

      Depends on how they were made a eunuch. The Chinese made a thorough job of it - replacing the penis with a quill like a catheter.

      Castration did not cause erectile function. The famous opera castrati of the 18th century were notorious for their sex affairs with the equivalent of upper class groupies. The Ottoman owners of harems were more concerned with the legitimacy of their offspring.

      1. PhilipN Silver badge

        A Eunuch's Life

        And if done the Chinese way - prior to puberty - an anticipatory cure for male-pattern baldness? Is that still the received wisdom?

  7. Dave Pickles

    Vasectomy means never having to say you're sorry...

  8. Naich

    No regrets

    I had a vasectomy a few years back after our second kid and I've no regrets. It's brilliant being able to shoot blanks without worrying about the consequences. Actually, I had two vasectomies because the first one didn't work. The second time he gave it some extra cauterisation and as he disappeared in a cloud of smoke I heard him say "that should stop them".

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Where do I sign up ?

    Seriously.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Where do I sign up ?

      your GP. Some do it in-house, others will refer.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Where do I sign up ?

        "your GP."

        I paid to go to a Marie Stopes clinic in my 30s. When I saw my GP afterwards he said he would not offer it for a man with no children. I explained my reasons*** - which he said made sense - and in future he would consider it.

        ***partner health; my not wanting children.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Where do I sign up ?

        Most will do it while-you-wait

        1. Dwarf Silver badge
          Facepalm

          Re: Where do I sign up ?

          Most will do it while-you-wait

          So you are saying there is another group that will do it whilst you go off for a spot of lunch and a quick pint.

          Presumably you don't feel a thing too - sounds like a real positive.

  10. MJI Silver badge

    Managed to avoid it

    And now old enough not to matter.

    Wouldn't have minded another either, the current bunch are all now legally adults. Would also improve the future gene pool a little more. (Well oldest is doing a science degree)

  11. Another User

    Vasectomy - The Best Gift a Man can Give?

    Seriously?

    Divorce rate is between 30% and 50%. There is no population growth in most western countries.

    This attempt is vain and futile. Where it would help it is not practiced and often illegal.

  12. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Don't believe the hype

    Whilst I'm glad it's done now for the convenience and lack of worry it brings don't believe all the macho and macho-by-proxy bullshit about it being near enough painless and that a real man would just get on with it.

    My missus constantly told me that her Dad was back driving forklifts the same day.

    I was in agony for 3 weeks. I was walking around like a man in a minefield because every time my trousers twanged against the sack it felt like I'd been stabbed in the groin. It still hurt to shag months later.

    A bloke I worked with noticed my sheepish gait and asked what was up. After I'd told him he said I should have asked him about it first because when he had it done one of his bollocks got infected and swelled up like a basketball.

    Don't let anyone tell you you have to have your bollocks butchered. They are your bollocks not anyone else's.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Don't believe the hype

      Your Mileage May Vary

      When I got snipped it was two days of frozen peas (they conform very well to an irregular surface), and a very happy, supportive wife who let me lay in bed and play video games for those two days (I ruined it because I was so bloody bored on day 3).

      Compared to having a young child climb into the bed and sleepily put all of their weight on one knee, which happened to be solely supported by one testicle (Ice packs and frozen peas for ~three weeks), I'd say the procedure was a snip.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Don't believe the hype

      "They are your bollocks not anyone else's."

      Many men have it done out of regard for the health of their partner - and even of their existing children. It's far simpler than tying a woman's fallopian tubes. Pregnancy is a dangerous condition - even with modern health provisions.

      1. TRT Silver badge

        Re: Don't believe the hype

        Australian small-holder. Got a couple of achers down under.

    3. WorkingFromHome

      Re: Don't believe the hype

      Yeah, it's nothing they said, don't be a wimp they said. Well, when I had mine done it turned out the doctor was sick so I had a trainee and a new guy, who calmly assured me he had been doing this "for over a week now". The nurse assisting tried to break the ice by telling me that they had found her in McDonalds. I was reassured as you can imagine. Just the conversation you need when your junk is hanging out and someone is holding a scalpel.

      The op went well, or so I thought, but a few days later I had a haematoma the size of a large egg down there and an infection that split the stitches...

      Happy days :)

  13. albaleo

    men opting to take birth control in their own hands

    I thought that made you blind.

    1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge
      Coat

      Re: men opting to take birth control in their own hands

      No, apparently it just makes your eyes water...

  14. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    See, this has been the best comments section ever to appear on elreg. It has produced a proper public service which i for one am taking heed of.

    F**king no chance for me. Jonnies are usually on sale somewhere.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "Jonnies are usually on sale somewhere"

      With less than 100% guarantee of effectiveness. A friend recounted having to fish out half of a split condom.

      The failure rate of vasectomies due to a spontaneous reconnection of a tube is negligible.

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