I have been a respiratory therapist and worked in a hospital setting for over 20 years. I have treated thousands of patients with just about every disease known to man. I consider myself a rather savvy healthcare professional and one who tries to stay ahead of the learning curve whenever possible.
The last 7 years I worked as an educator and manager at the hospital. Not once did I come across a patient with post vasectomy pain syndrome. It never made it to my radar. So when I had my vasectomy, this syndrome was never discussed and I didn't even know it existed.
As I understand it, Post Vasectomy Pain Syndrome (PVPS), affects anywhere from 5-15% of men who undergoe the vasectomy procedure. It can manifest as epididymitis (swelling of the epididymis - sperm holding chamber) or as some type of nerve pain. The pain can be rather intense and PVPS is almost always debilitating in some way shape or form.
It affects every aspect of your life - children, spouse, job, recreation, energy levels, etc. There are lots of good websites which describe PVPS in more detail. You will find them listed on the Home page. Please visit them and educate yourself prior to having a vasectomy.
You won't regret it and you just may find that not having the vasectomy was the best decision you ever made.