Am I exhibiting the signs of post-vasectomy infection?

I'm 5 months post-no-scalpel vasectomy. In the last week, I’ve developed a testicle ache with occasional sharp, burning pain up the vas into the upper groin. It varies in intensity and responds well to heat or ibuprofen. I assumed congestion. The urologist I saw today never heard of that and suspects infection. He gave me Doxycycline even though the urine test was negative. I have no unusual swelling or redness or fever. Is this possible? Should I wait it out before taking antibiotics?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (1)


Answered by John C. McHugh, MD

It is not unusual to have epididymitis after a vasectomy, at varying periods of time. For reasons we don't understand—epididymitis is not bacterial in nature—it will improve with antibiotics. I would take the antibiotics but also realize that there are changes in the vas deferens and testicles after the vasectomy that can manifest in symptoms as you describe. Usually, they are self-limited and resolve with time or a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.

Published on Dec 11, 2018

Answered by John C. McHugh, MD (View Profile)

It is not unusual to have epididymitis after a vasectomy, at varying periods of time. For reasons we don't understand—epididymitis is not bacterial in nature—it will improve with antibiotics. I would take the antibiotics but also realize that there are changes in the vas deferens and testicles after the vasectomy that can manifest in symptoms as you describe. Usually, they are self-limited and resolve with time or a course of antibiotics and anti-inflammatories.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Related Questions for Vasectomy

Vasectomy -7 answers
She does not know i had a vasectomy. What should i do?
See More
Vasectomy -6 answers
After the vasectomy procedure, am I infertile right away? Or do I need to wait for a certain amount of time to pass after the procedure?
See More
Vasectomy -5 answers
Will it cause any harm even though i have no intercourse?
See More
Vasectomy -7 answers
I want to make sure the ends do not reconnect and my count remains at 0.
See More
Vasectomy -12 answers
I would like to get a vasectomy after we're done having children, but am worried that it will affect our sex life.
See More
Vasectomy -4 answers
Why are my testicles still sore after 2 1/2 months? They feel as if they have been flicked or kicked. They are very sensitive.
See More
Vasectomy -3 answers
My doctor says to wait two weeks before ANY kind of sexual activity. The literature says one week. Can ejaculation cause damage to the vas deferens if it's too soon?
See More
Vasectomy -9 answers
I am a veteran who is covered by the VA. However, the VA does not cover vasectomies, so I'd have to pay for the procedure out-of-pocket. How much does a vasectomy cost?
See More
Vasectomy -5 answers
I understand what most any doctor would say, "you're too young and your brain isn't developed', but i know i don't want children ever. Can doctors perform vasectomies on 18 year olds?
See More
Vasectomy -4 answers
After a vasectomy, is it normal for it to swell to the size of a baseball on just 1 side?
See More
Have specific questions?
ASK A DOCTOR

Suggested Doctors

Sorry, there are no matching doctors in your area
Please choose a different location

,

,

See more Suggested Doctors

Related Articles