I had my initial consultation with Dr. Swartz today. It looks like I’ll be getting snipped in a couple weeks.
Yes, I’m getting a vasectomy, and if that seems like too much information, you’re probably reading the wrong blog.
Actually I think talking about the procedure is important. It’s one of the most effective means of birth control, and it’s far less invasive than the equivalent surgical procedure for females, the tubal ligation. In fact, a vasectomy only takes about fifteen minutes to perform and in most cases it’s virtually painless. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’m not in that minority that does experience some painful swelling.
But in spite of these advantages, many men are scared of vasectomies, and tubal ligations are more common. This, despite the fact that a tubal ligation is a more serious procedure with greater risks. I don’t want to cast aspersions on any individual or couple’s choice, but I think that reveals a certain bias. Let’s face it — men have a certain amount of anxiety about their “junk.”
So, anyway, before you can get it done, you have to go in for an initial consultation, which is what I did today, and I’m pretty much determined to go forward with this.
There are only a couple of considerations. One is that I shouldn’t ride a bike for a good week after the procedure. I use the bike to take Persephone to daycare in the morning, so we’ll time this to coincide with Persephone’s holiday break. I will probably also need a friend to take me to and from the doctor’s office; as mentioned the whole thing only takes fifteen minutes.
The other consideration is insurance. I seem to have met my deductible because the battery of alcohol injections I’ve been getting in my foot are considered “surgery” by Humana, as crazy as that sounds. My deductible resets at the end of the calendar year, so I’m keen to get this taken care of before then.