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  • Hilary Stace,

    In Wellington they do the vasectomies on Friday afternoon so the poor men have the weekend to recover. I hear that sometimes their wives ask for it to be done without anaesthetic.

    Otherwise unimpressed. Try pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, D and C, cone biopsies, smear tests etc etc.

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 1903 posts Report Reply

  • Rochie,

    Its really not a big drama at all. Stubbing your toe is worse. A few variations on how its done, shaving, taping, and sedation aren't always done. Good local anaesthetic does the trick. Friday afternoon's a good time to do it, then you have a reason to celebrate friday night.

    Chch • Since Feb 2011 • 1 posts Report Reply

  • recordari,

    We already have the people mover. The Honda Odyssey handles better than most 7 - Seaters we've tried, although it still isn't much chop. (Sorry).

    I'm sure that you weren't going for any pain prizes, so I'll just say thank you for having the, umm, gumption to do this, even though it took you four years. One day my wife might thank you also. After I find a suitable depilatory cream and a doctor who I only have to meet once.

    Also, that saying you know nothing about cars bit? O'rly?

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    Paul, thanks for this wonderfully funny and informative piece. As the father of three girls, I've no desire for more kids (nor room to park a car bigger than a Corolla). I've been so far saved the big V by the fact that our youngest has been a shocking sleeper suppressing most conjungal desires to the point where other forms of contraception are fine...

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2185 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Paul Williams,

    Hey Paul W, the stories we could share. About sleepless nights I mean, not the conjugal visits thing (denial). Oh whatever, I resemble that argument.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    I got to the bit about "macaroni" and burst out laughing. To the point of crying. I also realised that at the same time I had doubled over with my legs firmly together and was subconsciously protecting my genitals. Great story!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2079 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg,

    +1 on Gerald Young at AKL City Med Clinic. Very warm hands. I didn't bother with depilatory cream, though. My razor worked just fine.

    Lower Grey Lynn • Since Jul 2009 • 782 posts Report Reply

  • Bart Janssen,

    Electric shaver - just sayin

    They didn't remove the bit of macaroni for mine just made the (tiny) cut and sealed the ends with a laser. Which turned out to be the worst part of the whole thing because you really really don't want to smell your own bits burning.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3115 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Otherwise unimpressed. Try pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, D and C, cone biopsies, smear tests etc etc.

    Or you could try being married to a douche bag who refuses to have a vasectomy (or wear a condom during sex) because his orgasm and ego was more important than the health and safety of a woman whose last miscarriage almost killed her.

    True story, and thankfully it has a happy ending. The woman concerned kicked that prick to the curb before he (literally) fucked her to death. She's happily re-married to a man who respects her - and himself - enough to take ownership of his own fertility and how it affects others.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11622 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I've been married for a million years and we have two gorgeous kids but frankly if we have any more we'll have to buy a people mover, you know, one of those seven-seater bus things with the high sides and the small wheels and you just know it will steer like a cow, and if we do that I may as well just take out my testicles entirely.

    Now this is probably the worst possible time to be telling you this, but we have three children, 9, 5 and nearly 3, and have been functioning very happily with a 1997 Hyundai Accent ever since we got number three.

    If I think about it it's probably the single thing I'm proudest of in my life, but try not to focus on how sad that is.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7315 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Experience must vary. A friend of mine complained that it felt like he'd been kicked in the balls, but without the eventual easing - this went on for a week.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8040 posts Report Reply

  • Emma Hart,

    In Wellington they do the vasectomies on Friday afternoon so the poor men have the weekend to recover. I hear that sometimes their wives ask for it to be done without anaesthetic.

    Otherwise unimpressed. Try pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, D and C, cone biopsies, smear tests etc etc.

    You know, I actually quite like my partner, and have no wish at all for him to suffer unnecessarily, or to play Pain One-Up-Manship with him. I wish his vasectomy had gone this easily, but even so it wasn't that big a deal. Just a small moment of freaking out when the doctor (a woman, as was our GP and the assisting nurse) started swearing and said she'd never done one this difficult, and a couple of days being intimate with a bag of frozen peas.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4286 posts Report Reply

  • Pat Hackett,

    I would add:

    5. Time the snipping to coincide with a good sporting event on telly. For me it was the 1996 Olympics. If you are good at feigning acute discomfort, you should be able to lie on the couch for at least 3 days, whilst being served meals and refreshments.

    Auckland • Since Oct 2010 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Sarah Wedde,

    I watched my boyfriend's vasectomy (quality control) and thoroughly enjoyed it. He got given valium. All in all a great outing for couples.

    Lower Hutt • Since Nov 2006 • 66 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg, in reply to BenWilson,

    Experience must vary.

    Technique also varies between practitioners. Dr Young uses the keyhole method, which is supposedly less invasive and faster. No stiches either. Since one only gets to enjoy this procedure once, it’s hard to compare with the other, tradtional metod.

    ETA: Described better here.

    Lower Grey Lynn • Since Jul 2009 • 782 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Siu,

    This post was shown to 300 odd stage one university kids as I was plugging this computer into a monitor. LOL

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 74 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    important questions:

    1. have had to shave genitals, and took to referring to privates as "the baby elephant". was wondering if you did the same.

    2. did you know that we have a clinic here in wellington called, 'snip vasectomy clinic'?

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2018 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Ackroyd,

    Can I put in a good word for Simon Snook at the Snip clinic in Newtown? No shaving required and EXCELLENT drugs. </homer_drooling>

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • recordari, in reply to Martin Lindberg,

    +1 on Gerald Young at AKL City Med Clinic.

    With all this free advertising, maybe he’ll do a group discount for PAS.

    No, actually, possibly not the circumstances I’d most like to meet you all in. “So how did the defoliation go for you?” [Looks at area in question] “Not bad, thanks. And you?”

    All in all a great outing for couples.

    It’s probably not far away from being a candidate for tourism dollars. “Trip and Snip Downunder”. Our Tourism minister would be up for that I’m sure.

    AUCKLAND • Since Dec 2009 • 2607 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    You know how our Prime Minister's recent comments on the hotness of Liz Hurley made it into the "weird news" sections of international newspapers? Well, the previous thing he said that also became overseas news was his too-much-information confession to having had a vasectomy, uttered during a press conference on early childhood education funding.

    As it happens, New Zealand has the highest rate of vasectomies. I wonder why it's come so widespread and, indeed, culturally acceptable here.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1823 posts Report Reply

  • Mikaere Curtis,

    Once my wife's IUD was removed, we started using condoms. It really didn't take long for me to decide that the Big V was the way forward. The procedure wasn't too bad, although I do know someone who had a major reaction which sounded terrible.

    My wife has had a people mover for years, they are great, although our one handles like an ill-tempered bus.

    Hillary, what's a "D and C" ?

    Tamaki Makaurau • Since Nov 2006 • 443 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams, in reply to Sarah Wedde,

    Isn't it odd. I've attended two of my kids' births but I'd really rather my wife didn't attend for any future vasectomy. Also, just to acknowledge Hilary's points up thread, I don't for a moment imagine men's proceedures compare with women's.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2185 posts Report Reply

  • Ben Gracewood,

    Fuck. Gerald Young is my GP. Top bloke.

    Now what am I going to do?

    Orkland • Since Nov 2006 • 167 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Lindberg, in reply to recordari,

    Just checked and the clinic is actually called CityMed.

    With informative pdf. And a page for Dr Young. He can also do your ingrown toenails while you're there.

    Lower Grey Lynn • Since Jul 2009 • 782 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Darlington,

    "...whacking off into a plastic cup" - It sounds so great but yeh, it really isn't.

    Good post Paul, was interesting for the little differences as well as a few similarities. Australia were playing the All Blacks at Westpac Stadium the day after mine so my surgeon happily did it while I waffled on about Christian Cullen taking the Wallabies apart.

    Nelson • Since Nov 2006 • 869 posts Report Reply

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