Vasectomy Pain

EB FAQs, Myths, Pain

It’s not a hit to the balls

Let’s face it lads, we’ve all copped a blow to the nads at least once in our life. In fact, just mentioning this is probably enough to make your eyes start watering right now. It’s one of those experiences that stays with a man for a long time afterwards. The knowledge of how much it can hurt is probably one of the things that puts many blokes off getting “the snip”.

Man experiencing fear of vasectomy pain

But, and bear with me here, the vasectomy procedure is actually nearly painless. I know, I can hear you scoffing already, but it’s true! You see, when you’re lying there with your dacks around your ankles, you’ll find out that your doc isn’t actually going to be playing with your crown jewels; he’s really only going to be fiddling with your scrotal skin and a tiny bit of your plumbing (your vas deferens to be exact).

When you get a vasectomy, your doc will considerately apply a local anaesthetic to your scrotum. This means during the procedure you won’t feel anything, except maybe some distant, gentle tugging and a mild ache.

This means the only part you actually have to worry about is the needle. Now don’t get me wrong, the idea of a thin shard of cold steel penetrating your most holy of holies isn’t the most appealing idea. Which is why Marie Stopes’ National Director of Vasectomy Services, Dr Justin Low, has pioneered a way to make it as painless as humanly possible.

Yeah, we couldn’t believe it either, so we asked some guys post-vasectomy to weigh in, so we could find out how effective this method was across a significant cohort of patients.

115 vasectomy patients responded to our survey. Half had been administered the new technique, and the other half the traditional technique. The results confirmed what we knew to be a significant advancement in vasectomy techniques.

Vasectomy pain, anaesthetic needle pain survey results graph 2018

Both sets of patients were asked to register one answer (multiple choice) to the same question.

The question was: "during a vasectomy procedure many patients experience some minor aching, pulling and stretching feelings during the procedure. However, specifically in relation to the needle used to deliver the local anaesthetic, we would like to know if you felt: A) A sharp pain worse than expected B) A sharp pain similar to what was expected C) A sharp pain but less than expected D) No sharp pain."

We think the results speak for themselves.

Survey AnswerTraditional techniqueTraditional techniquePainless techniquePainless Technique
A sharp pain worse than expected1119%23%
A sharp pain similar to what was expected1933%1017%
A sharp pain but less than expected1832%2136%
No sharp pain916%2543%
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N=115

Results may vary. Click here for more on the survey methodology.

19% of men who had the traditional method of anaesthetic delivery reported feeling “a sharp pain, worse than expected.” By contrast 79% of men who received anaesthetic through Dr Low’s method reported that it was “a sharp pain, but less than expected” (36%) or “no sharp pain" at all (43%).

So if you were holding off on having a vasectomy done because you were worried about the pain of the procedure, that’s one less reason to worry!

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Survey Method. In February 2018, an email survey invitation was sent to 309 patients who had vasectomy with Marie Stopes up to three months prior.

115 responded representing a 37.22% response rate. 57 (traditional LA technique) and 58 (painless LA technique) patients responded.

The survey question was multiple choice and asked:

During a vasectomy procedure many patients experience some minor aching, pulling and stretching feelings during the procedure. However, specifically in relation to the needle used to deliver the local anaesthetic, we would like to know if you felt:

A) A sharp pain worse than expected

B) A sharp pain similar to what was expected

C) A sharp pain but less than expected

D) No sharp pain