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Old 05-16-2018, 02:17 PM
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I found quite a few vasectomy threads, but most are a decade old now and I didn't see anything recent.

Mr. NA is getting one. We had a pregnancy scare recently (foster-NA is our buffer kid, so we are officially out of a buffer and we absolutely cannot have four kids), despite me having an IUD, and I brought up the idea of a vasectomy.

He jumped on board and scheduled the consultation and procedure himself (huge deal for Mr. NA, I can't even get him to call in the carry-out order).

So he's having a no-scalpel procedure, and it sounds like he should be back to normal within a day or two. Has anyone had this specific procedure?

What is the numbing like, painful?

Did it take long?

Was it really a full week before sexy time could happen again?

Did they ask the wife to sign off (I would, this one is just curiosity because I've heard of that happening but didn't know if it was true, seems like a HIPPA violation)?

Did anything change (taste/texture/amount)?

Is sex still just as good?

I'm sure most of the questions can be answered in our consultation, but that's over a month away.
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:27 PM
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There was a shot to numb things. It really wasn't worse than any other shot - unpleasant for 5-10 seconds. I was in at 8am, the procedure probably took a 1/2 hr, and I was home by 9:30am (drove myself) applying bags of frozen peas. By about 10:30am I realized this wasn't really bothering me so I arranged to get a partner for the noon bridge game.

I would take a couple days off, or arrange to work from home. I don't recall the time to abstain from sex, but once that restarted it didn't feel any different. We maintained birth control for three months until we confirmed I was shooting blanks.

Worry-free birth-control-free sex is great.
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Old 05-16-2018, 02:28 PM
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I had that (sounds like the same procedure, at least). The procedure didn't hurt, but there was some...weird pressure. Not something I would relish having done again, but not painful. It was about a 30 minute procedure.

I laid around for a couple of days, but still had a no-exercise policy for I think a week or two. Sex could start around the same time, but was pretty gentle the first time.

We had to have a discussion with the doctor before they would do it - basically, where we were in life, what our plans were, if we agreed on how many kids was the right number, etc. I'm not sure if they would have done it without both of us there or not, to be honest.

Afterwards, sexy time was demonstrably better. The wife was on BC, but there's always that worry in the back of your mind, no matter how small or irrational. We had to use a backup method for something like a month or two, then I got retested and was verified sterile, now we go at it more, definitely. YMMV, I'm sure, but that was our experience.

Taste/texture/color/amount/etc. was entirely unchanged from before. I think it is probably nearly impossible to tell any difference before vs. after.
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I'm probably due for this summer.

One of my best friends had about a month long painful recovery, but I know he's the outlier.

How do you find a good doc? One problem I have is that my GP doc (who is great) is at a different hospital from the one near my house, so I don't think he'll be able to recommend one.
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I'm probably due for this summer.

One of my best friends had about a month long painful recovery, but I know he's the outlier.

How do you find a good doc? One problem I have is that my GP doc (who is great) is at a different hospital from the one near my house, so I don't think he'll be able to recommend one.
couldn't you go to one not near your house?
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how much did it run you guys?

also now I'm wondering what the consultation is like for single people.
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couldn't you go to one not near your house?
Good point, I didn't mention that my insurance covers the hospital near my house, but not the hospital that my GP works with. I can ask them, but I think it's pretty strict.
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how much did it run you guys?

also now I'm wondering what the consultation is like for single people.
I got a quote from my insurance company for our specific doctor and it's like...$200ish. We have a high deductible plan so that isn't after any coinsurance or anything. I was shocked, I thought it would be $1,000+.

I'm sure the consultation and follow-up testing will also cost us something, so I'm going to estimate we'll probably end up spending around $500-$600 on this, but it's HSA money we're not likely to otherwise use, so it seems worth it to me.

My IUD cost around $700 and that only lasts five years, so...
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how much did it run you guys?

also now I'm wondering what the consultation is like for single people.
All told, I think mine was $2500 or so.

And don't get fooled by those "Only $500!" ads. You'll probably spend $2000 on everything.
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