Chris, 51, Project Manager
My wife Karen and I both have children from previous marriages aged between 13 and 23 and we agreed that the last thing we wanted, or could cope with, was a baby. Karen had been on the pill for many years and no longer wanted to take it so we had resorted to using condoms which were not quite the same or as convenient as the pill. We started to think about possible alternatives and as we couldn’t foresee any circumstances where we would want children, we started to consider permanent alternatives. Vasectomy seemed the easiest and lowest risk option for us.
Being a male wimp, the thought of someone taking a knife to my crown jewels put me off making a decision, however after a romantic evening for two was ruined by a lack of protection we decided to get this sorted. I went onto Google and typed in ‘vasectomy’ and Marie Stopes International was top of the list. The website was full of useful information which helped me to understand more about the procedure, where my local clinic was and what the cost of vasectomy is. I looked around a few other websites but Marie Stopes was the most convenient for us.
I went onto Google and typed in ‘vasectomy’ and Marie Stopes International was top of the list. The website was full of useful information which helped me to understand more about the procedure, where my local clinic was and what the cost of vasectomy is.
Having made my decision I rang up to make an appointment that night and spoke to a very helpful and knowledgeable lady who ran through everything including what would happen before, during and after the procedure. I made an appointment there and then and a few days later some useful booklets landed on the doormat which again went through what would happen.
On the day, Karen and I went to the Marie Stopes clinic together. We went through the booking in process and sat in the waiting room. The process was very much like giving blood, (although personally I choose to keep my trousers on when I do this) you go in, lie on the bed, feel a minor pricking pain and then go off to another room for tea and biccies. I am pleased to report that no knife was taken to my crown jewels, Marie Stopes told me that this is a common misconception and they in fact use what is known as a ‘non scalpel technique’. After the procedure, my chauffeur (aka wife) took me home.
As the anaesthetic wore off my groin felt a bit sensitive and I had slight abdominal pain which resulted in me walking with a rather strange gait! I took some pain killers which eased my discomfort. As the days passed, the bruising came out but the sensitivity eased and walking became much easier. During recovery there were times when I forgot I had had a vasectomy and ended up straining myself, however, after a short time everything went back to normal. I’m currently biding my time before sending off my sperm sample for testing to be given the all clear.