A vasectomy is a male sterilization or permanent contraception procedure. The surgery involves cutting and then tying the male vas deferens, commonly referred to as tubes, in order to prevent sperm from ejaculating, thus preventing fertilization.
A dull ache and mild pain in the scrotum and groin once the anesthesia wears off is normal immediately following a vasectomy.
Pain, often described as an ache or tenderness, and swelling may be experienced for 2 to 3 days after the operation. The exact length of time, however, depends on the person.
Post-Vasectomy Pain Syndrome
Temporary, mild pain is normal after the procedure, but 1 in 3 men can experience prolonged pain that ranges from mild/uncomfortable to, though rare, debilitating.
Vasectomies can cause a chronic testicular pain condition known as post-vasectomy pain syndrome. This condition can develop immediately or years later following a vasectomy.
Unfortunately, there is no single treatment option for post-vasectomy pain syndrome. Instead, treatment focuses on relieving and managing pain.
Symptoms of Post-Vasectomy Pain Syndrome
Symptoms of post-vasectomy pain syndrome include:
- Persistent pain in the genitalia and/or genital area
- Testicular pain with physical exertion
- Pain with an erection and/or engaging in sexual intercourse
- Pain with ejaculation.
- Loss of erectile function
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