I’ve been asked several times for a follow up on my wildly popular Getting the Snip blog, here goes.
Sitting around a campfire last year with a varied group of men, most fathers of one or more children, it seemed we had a mad rush on to get the snip, 5 of us put up our hands, but sad to say only 2 have taken the leap so far, one year on… (looking at you Jim!)
Seeing as more detail is better, I’ll take you through my (rather painful!) experience:
Surgery itself took only 20 minutes at a Byron Bay specialist, Dr J. XXX (surname hidden), who apparently had the nick name Jack The Ripper (!?).
With just some local anaesthetic, applied with the help of the female nurse (really, is that necessary) and a quick cut to the right sac, pull out the cord, cut, tie off and put it all back in then stitch up. You can watch, but its not really my cup of tea… this all took just a few minutes, no pain, plain sailing!
The left side however was very different, I could still feel sharp pain after the first anaesthetic, so asked for another shot. We waited 10 mins for it to take affect, then Dr Jack has another crack. Ouch. OUCH! I’m still feeling EVERYTHING you’re doing… “too late, we had better just push on is the reply I get”, so for the next 5 minutes I’m gasping and sweating as the same procedure is repeated on my left side, sans-pain killer. Frigg that hurt.
Its over quickly, and I do walk out on my own, pay ($130) and wait for my ride.
Post-op, there is a little pain, mostly a ‘tugging’ sensation in the groin, like things have been stretched, which is exactly what they do when they cut ‘n tie things off. I take things very very easy, get acquainted with my new iPad (a little gift to myself from the proceeds of our book) and within a few days am back to normal, but still feeling it for a good week after.
No complications at all, for the next month or so, there’s the odd dull pain, nothing major.
What’s changed? Sex is much more enjoyable, there’s no fear of an unwanted pregnancy, and no messing around with contraceptive devices. That being said, it’s not the turn-on some might hope for from their partners, I wasn’t expecting much though…
There’s a notable drop in ‘volume’, and for the first few months perhaps a bit less libido, this I put down to a psychological change, not a psychical, and sure enough it soon passed.
Is it worth it? Totally. In the long run, its the best thing for me and my lover, the fear factor is with sex is completely gone, and its one thing I could do that might (ever so slightly) compare to giving birth to two children.
Sex can be spontaneous again, something rare indeed for working mums and dads.
No regrets whatsoever.
In the famous words of Betty White:
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