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Old 10-04-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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Trip 4 days after a vasectomy. Think I'll be ok?

Hi guys, I have a vasectomy scheduled on the 21st, but was just told the original dates for my wife's family reunion were wrong and we need to leave on the 25th to be in Phoenix, AZ for the event on the 26th. I'm coming from Orange County, CA, and it's a almost 400 mile trip. I'm riding a 2012 V-Strom 650, 2-up, and with the stock seat.

For the guys with personal experience, do you think this is doable? Do you think it is safe?

Worse comes to worst, I can always drive, but if I do that the brother-in-law will want to carpool. I could reschedule the vasectomy, but there's a two month wait.

Thank you guys for your help.
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Old 10-04-2013, 02:00 PM   #2
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It's a gamble

No first hand experience, but know a few who've had it done and the healing time can vary greatly. Some will say you will be fine, and others take a few weeks to feel normal.

I'd say reschedule or drive. Being stuck in Blythe with a sore sac would suck.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
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Speaking from experience, I say reschedule the procedure. I'd also find another urologist; two month wait is absurd.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:42 PM   #4
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Took me 3 months to be marginal, 6 months to be ok, and 2 yrs later I occasionally new that I had had it done. AND it didn't work!

But I have known guys who had it done, and never had any issues. Ice is your freind! When those swimers start to back up, with no place to go, things swell!!!!!!! very uncomfortable. Mine wasn't really painful, like some. But certainly tender. Good luck.
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:12 AM   #5
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:43 AM   #6
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I would say reschedule. Even if you are one of the lucky ones who heals quick and feels fine within a few days after, sitting on your Strom for a trip that long could agitate them. Even on a nice smooth street ride, the boys are coming into contact with the seat, the vibration, pressure from sitting, ect. You may find yourself half way there and in a lot of pain that you wouldn't have felt had you not taken a 400 mile ride a few days after the procedure. Then you will be walking around the whole time in pain, and it will just suck all the joy out of the whole reunion. Then there is the return trip. I personally wouldn't do it. Two month wait for a one hour procedure is unusual, be super careful and don't have any surprises before then, OK?
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:56 AM   #7
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My Experience

I had a vasectomy, figured it was easier than the wife taking pills or having surgery. I went to work a couple of days later, hard work. I was pretty uncomfortable but not in agony. I guess it might depend on what type of saddle you have to make that ride. But, let me share the rest of the story.... I remember sitting in the office waiting to be called back,,,I read some of the brochures, I remember reading that small portion that said...MAY INCREASE RISK OF TESTICULAR CANCER ..... Heck, everything has a risk right. One year later, BAM, testicular cancer, three months of chemo and one nut shy . IMHO, don't have a vasectomy..!
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:00 AM   #8
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It does indeed vary,my left nut swelled up to about 4" and stayed that way for at least 6 months,throbbing painful mo-fo. Couldnt work for a while even.
It was a lawsuit in the making,the doc spent a very long time digging and poking on the affected side. I eventually did a 2 week trip in Baja on an Lc4 620 which vibrated like a 3 legged cement mixer full of rocks.
That cured it.

Best of luck and Im sure yours will go fine.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:10 AM   #9
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I vote to reschedule.

I had it done a few years ago. Although I was never in "pain", there was some discomfort when I drove a couple blocks to the mall to do some shopping. All I can say is that I started to get an uncomfortable feeling, so I just went home and rested. The next day I went out again and it took longer for the discomfort to start.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:14 AM   #10
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:19 AM   #11
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Found this.

What a vasectomy is really like...
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:26 AM   #12
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I'd say reschedule your ride about five days earlier.
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Old 10-05-2013, 11:31 AM   #13
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The newest, stitchless procedure (which I had about five years ago) is much easier to recover from. I felt a tad tender for a few days, but not too bad. for a couple of years after, I'd sometimes get an ache - especially a day or two after any intimate activity.

That said, you are really going to want to take it easy, and you are going to want to rest up for those four days prior to your trip.
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Old 10-05-2013, 05:37 PM   #14
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Thank you.

Thank you for all of your replies; you've helped.

To the folks saying to reschedule:

I've already had to reschedule once, and if I have to do it one more time I'll have to take the state mandated class again. I'm going to get the vasectomy, and if my condition isn't amazing, I'll drive.

To the folks saying do it:

That's the very tentative plan. Driving is the backup.

To the folks saying find a new doctor:

This is the wait with my insurance. All of the Kaiser facilities in my area are backed up this long.

For the folks saying don't get the vasectomy:

Unfortunately, traditional hormonal birth control isn't an option, and neither is the IUD. Also, from my studies the cancer risk to my wife with those birth control options is greater than a vasectomy is for me.

Thank you for your help, and input.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:11 AM   #15
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My doctor said I could have the procedure on Friday, go back to work on Monday. Went to work on Monday...the second Monday later. Admittedly a slow healer. Driving wasn't a prob but I didn't have a bike at the time so no comment on that angle. IMO, however, drive.
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