Wow. This site is truly scary. Scary Mommy gets a TON of traffic and the posts and complaints alone could be used to dramatically increase the frequency of vasectomies. There may not be a need for WNK or preach to the choir childfree sites after all. Maybe we should just provide a single link to these angry moms and let them take the heat? The cards are possibly the least depressing and most amusing part of the otherwise scary….
“You didn’t know I’d had a vasectomy?”
“Uhm, no, why would I have known?”
“I thought I told you… Anyway, no biggie. But it does hurt!”
“You mean they didn’t use any anesthetic?”
“Of course they did, but it still hurts. The doc told me it’d feel like a donkey kicked me in the balls. He was right.”
“After the operation?”
“During the operation. After the first snip, I said, ‘Oh, that’s not so bad. I can hardly feel it.’ ‘You will,’ the doc said. ‘Wait for number two…'”
“Why would the second snip be any worse than the first?”
“Your body knows, doesn’t want you snipping your tackle. The second? That’s your body’s last chance, and it goes down fighting!”
“So the doc was right?”
“You can’t imagine. Literally like a donkey kicked me in the nads!”
“How long did the pain last? Days? Weeks?”
“No, it was quick. A few minutes. Felt great the next day.”
We’d just enjoyed a spectacular dinner with our brides, and we were walking out to the parking lot to bring the cars around. We’ve known each other our entire lives, and yet I had no clue that my friend had voluntarily severed his vasa deferentia.
Vasectomies, even when casually mentioned over rack of lamb and fine wine, prompt a visceral shudder in me. Think of the feeling when someone runs their finger nails over a chalk board and then amp it up a notch or ten. Never had a vasectomy. Never contemplated one. But something primordial quivers when the word is mentioned.
And here was one of my closest earthly mates tossing it out casually, calmly, distractedly while explaining that they seriously were stopping at two kids.
“You never know,” I pushed. “Plenty of surprises born every day.”
“Oh, we know,” my friend volleyed, “I made sure of that!”
I was flabbergasted. But I waited until after dinner to follow up. During our walk to the parking lot he explained the logic.
His bride had wanted to have at least three or four children. He was adamant about stopping after two. While recovering from the birth of her second perfect daughter, his wife mentioned that two seemed like enough. He raced out that very same day and re-plumbed his tackle before she could change her mind.
It struck me as I drove around in the drizzling rain to retrieve my bride that my friend who’d always wanted kids and now had two lovely daughters had opted to alter his body to ensure that additional childbearing was impossible. I — who’d never wished or intended to have children — was horrified at the very prospect of having a vasectomy despite the fact that it would ensure my childfree choice. One more mystery to unravel.
It’s not the donkey kick that troubles me. It’s not even the quasi permanence of the operation. Or even the surgical procedure which would be a giant leap for a guy who still acts like a baby when I get a flu shot…
Maybe it’s fear or hubris, tampering voluntarily, unnecessarily with my body for the sake of convenience. I feel damned fortunate to be healthy, and I’d hate to risk upsetting the balance with elective biological tinkering.
And yet the explanation given by my buddy made sense. Not quite childfree, but child-no-more! What a complicated conversation kids represent, and what a simple solution a pair of snips and knots must have represented.
- Vasectomy Shocker: A Survivor’s Tale of Survival (whynokids.com)
- I’m Proud of My Vasectomy (whynokids.com)
- Men, Ungird Your Loins! Pain Free “No Needle-No Scalpel” Vasectomy (prweb.com)
- Dr. Karen Boyle and Vasectomy Reversal Success Stories (prweb.com)
- Revolutionary New Birth Control Method for Men (neatorama.com)