In 2008, Abel Pharmboy live-blogged his vasectomy using a Palm Treo 700p. By today's smart phone standards, that's a bit like calling home with this:
Abel had the traditional procedure done, that includes an incision of slightly less than an inch at the base of the scrotum. While a fairly quick and complication-free procedure, most men experience significant discomfort for a few days following the surgery.
The good news is that there is better phone technology and approaches to vasectomy these days. I bring this up for two reasons. First because I'm going to be have a vasectomy in a few days, and second, because I'm finally going to cave and take to twitter (ProfLikeSubst) to chronicle the experience.
Why am I going to publicize a personal medical procedure? Well, because I don't think we (as a society) talk a lot about men being responsible for contraception. Outside of condoms, virtually all other types of readily available birth control are lady business. Whereas a vasectomy is not the kind of thing you do unless you are done having kids, the idea that women should be responsible for birth control typically lasts long past the point where a couple has decided not to have more kids. This is often justified in the "But what if we suddenly change our mind based on unforeseen future circumstances!" But I'm betting that more often than not, this is just a convenient excuse not to have to go under the knife.
And this is another reason why I want to blog/tweet about my vasectomy - because I'm not doing the traditional method that Abel has already covered. Instead I'm doing the "no scalpel vasectomy" that uses a small puncture rather than a large incision. Yes, things still get cut and closed off, etc., but there are no stitches afterward and apparently a shorter recovery time.
Abel's post has served as a useful source of information for me and hopefully my coverage will help others make a choice in the future. I will recap things on the blog next week to those who are twitter averse, since I should have some time sitting around afterwards. Otherwise, you can get the live action on twitter. Hopefully I'm fast with this new medium, since the procedure is supposed to be about 12 minutes.
After spending several hours in the chair of a tattoo parlor, this should be a piece of cake!