"In the jungle, the mighty jungle
The lion sleeps tonight.
In the jungle, the quiet jungle
The lion sleeps tonight.

Wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh, wimoweh..."
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens

I had my vasectomy this morning.

Or should that be vasectomies? After all, there are two tubes that they sever. Not just sever, either. Both vas deferens had a section taken out, the split ends were moved away from each other, and two of the open ends were cauterized.

Fun, huh?

OK. Not so much fun but a good thing to have done.

Jenn and I agreed before we ever had children that we were only going to have two. The plan from the start was that we'd only have two and then I'd have a vasectomy.

When the plan was for Jenn to have planned C-section with Anita, they were going to tie her tubes while she was open anyway. Since things went terribly, horribly wrong with Anita's birth, the didn't do the tubal ligation. The doctors also made it very clear that Jenn must never be pregnant again since her uterus just can NOT carry another baby with the damage it has taken. So the ball (no pun intended) was back in my court.

I e-mailed my primary care physician last week to ask about how to get the ball rolling. (Yes, I'm loving the puns.) She put in the referral and the rest, as they say, is history. I'm not quite sterile yet. There are still some swimmers in the tubes that need to be cleared out. That's something that needs to be (ahem) handled before my follow-up in six weeks. Presuming nothing goes wrong--and nothing did--it should be incredibly effective as birth control, bringing down the changes of pregnancy to one in two thousand.

I'm going to speak to the guys reading this exclusively now. A vasectomy is far less intrusive than any means they use to sterilize a woman. If you're done having kids, don't make your wife go through a very invasive surgery. Man up. Have a vasectomy.

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Comment by CBjedi on May 28, 2009 at 8:45pm
You are a brave man Jeff. My fathering days are over also. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Don Collett on May 27, 2009 at 11:10pm
I'm done having kids. I'm not married, either, which in my case means no worries about future kids. :D
Comment by Eric Chown on May 27, 2009 at 9:17pm
Had mine about 3 months ago. The worst part was the anticipation. Plus the recovery time gave me a chance to catch up on some DVDs.
Comment by Doc Beechler (mod-MD) on May 27, 2009 at 8:18pm
The smoke that rises from your nether-regions during the procedure is quite disconcerting, though. I had plenty of drugs on board for that one... ;)

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