Today is day five after my vasectomy, is it normal to still be sensitive to light impact?

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Answered by John C. McHugh, MD

It is not normal but common. After a vasectomy there are a couple of dynamics that explain what you are experiencing, and in time they will abate. First of all, the vas tube and the surrounding tissues have been traumatized by the procedure and there is the natural body's response to this which contributes to the pain. Similar to having cut your hand and how that progresses. Secondly, there is a mild back pressure to the testicle due to having immediately occluded the vas tube that was previously free flowing. The body has to adjust to this, which it does in the vast majority of cases, and when this occurs the sensitivity diminishes.

Published on Feb 21, 2018

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

It is not normal but common. After a vasectomy there are a couple of dynamics that explain what you are experiencing, and in time they will abate. First of all, the vas tube and the surrounding tissues have been traumatized by the procedure and there is the natural body's response to this which contributes to the pain. Similar to having cut your hand and how that progresses. Secondly, there is a mild back pressure to the testicle due to having immediately occluded the vas tube that was previously free flowing. The body has to adjust to this, which it does in the vast majority of cases, and when this occurs the sensitivity diminishes.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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