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Where’s the best place in Canberra… to get the snip?!?

By Kramer - 6 October 2009 26

After an all too brief (and successful) reproductive life, I’ve found myself with 3 little Kramers, and no desire to keep getting up in the night or buy a van. So rather than take any more risks and end up with an accident (I’d rather have my risks and accidents on a mountain bike), it’s about time we sort things out… permanently. Since my wife had to undergo all the pain and stress of pregnancy and childbirth we (she) figured it was only fair if I took one for the team on this front. So it looks like I’ll be getting a vasectomy before I’m even allowed to look at my wife sideways again.

laser vasectomy cartoon

Ideally, I’m looking for a place where I can stumble in after a bit of “dutch courage”, read a bit of the latest Australian Mountain Bike magazine while watching Top Gear, have a laser instantaneously and painlessly zap my vas deferens to kingdom come, and then stumble back to the pub to finish the round.

Back in 2007 RiotACT reported that vasectomies were unavailable in Canberra, so I’m optimistically hoping the situation has improved drastically since then – although the government would rather see us continue to procreate. The thought of anyone going anywhere near my “boys” with a scalpel or laser is very, very scary, so please let me know if you have any recommendations or warnings.

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26 Responses to
Where’s the best place in Canberra… to get the snip?!?
artuoui 3:42 pm 06 Oct 09

And getting the all clear is where the real fun starts – when you front up to the pathology lab with the still warm sample that you just created and present it to the lady at the counter.

dr.evil 3:23 pm 06 Oct 09

I’ll recommend Dr.Pryor at Tuggeranong Medical Sq. He is one of the few GPs that still do them (unless he has retired since I saw him last). Just call up the medical centre and arrange an appointment – he runs through the pros/cons and details before taking a booking – there is a forced gap between these appointments (7 weeks) so that you have time to think about it. The procedure itself is pretty straight forward but everyone reacts differently. They made me sit up for a minute before standing up and getting lift home. The morphine hit me later in the afternoon and I had great sleep. I was out riding Stromlo 3 days later because I felt comfortable enough to do so. No ongoing issues either. Just remember you are not shooting blanks until a few months after the operation and you have been given the all clear.

Kramer 3:20 pm 06 Oct 09

I once snapped the seat off my hard tail mountain bike, and had to ride about 5 Km home with just the rest of the seat post sticking up… and I still had kids!

Thanks for the comments everyone! I also know a couple of other guys who might be in for the snip soon (you guys know who you are), so I’m thinking a RiotACT mass snip? Then we can sit around afterwards bitching about it and nursing a cold beer in the lap (just to soothe any swelling of course).

amarooresident2 3:20 pm 06 Oct 09

I’ve got scissors. I’ll do it for $250.

Roguelette 3:02 pm 06 Oct 09

After having my two roguelings 14 months apart my partner decided to have a vasectomy done just over a month ago at Marie Stopes in Civic. Cost about $500. According to him the whole procedure lasted about 20 minutes and for the most part was mostly uncomfortable rather than painful. The staff and envornment at the clinic were very professional. After about 3 days he was back to normal. 3 months after the procedure they do a sperm count to check that the procedure was a success and to give us the all clear. Apparently it takes a while to ‘clear the pipes’.

Postalgeek 2:51 pm 06 Oct 09

Take the bike seat off your mountain bike before going down Stromlo. You will also earn huge respect among mountain bikers. Post it on YouTube and watch it go viral.

Inappropriate 2:47 pm 06 Oct 09

mred said :

A brother of my sister-in-law was surprised to find out that the ‘effect’ wasn’t instant. So my understanding now is that after the procedure, you still need to get follow up checks to find out when / how long it takes for the little swimmers to stop.

It’s not waiting for the guys to stop, it’s a mere case of flushing the pipes.

trevar 2:47 pm 06 Oct 09

The chap who does them at Foundation Health Care in Erindale is very good. I had a bit of an issue with the anaesthetic (which is an emerging pattern for me), but he made sure I was able to stay upright before kicking me off the table for the next bull to be bullocked.

In my experience, the pain wasn’t severe, but the discomfort (which was on the verge of pain) lasted longer than i was was warned it would. My only advice is to ensure the entire family understands that you’ll be incapacitated for at least a week, so the remote control will be fully booked, and you’ll require a great deal of steak followed by ice cream to recover…

AG Canberra 2:35 pm 06 Oct 09

Kaleen, Tuggers?!?! I was thinking somewhere a bit more sterile and equipped – like JJMH or NCPH…..

So these days it’s a bit like getting a tooth filled is it?

And Kramer – I too am in your situation – great post.

astrojax 1:58 pm 06 Oct 09

i have heard wonderful things about my GP/obstetrician who helped li’l astojaxette into the world a couple weeks ago – he does excellent ‘other end procedures’ as my qbyn mate attest – he is at crawford st surgery interstate in sunny qbyn and is dr azoury… good luck!

mred 1:57 pm 06 Oct 09

A brother of my sister-in-law was surprised to find out that the ‘effect’ wasn’t instant. So my understanding now is that after the procedure, you still need to get follow up checks to find out when / how long it takes for the little swimmers to stop.

Gungahlin Al 1:56 pm 06 Oct 09

Marie Stopes.

You want a laser job? Ha!

Snarky 1:49 pm 06 Oct 09

Had mine done many years ago in Sydney so can’t comment on Canberra availability, but relax Kramer, it’s not nearly as painful or uncomfortable as you fear it will be.

Seriously, I needed a couple of Panadol a day for a couple of days and that was that. The worst was an hour or so after the op when the anaesthetic had worn off, and even that was just a sort of a low level dull nagging ache for a while.

Believe me, your mountain bike will (and probably has already) inflicted far more pain on you that the snip ever will!

Oh, and welcome to the club.


Thumper 1:44 pm 06 Oct 09

Place in Kaleen, in the health centre, although I could barely walk for two days.

Balls like an elephant you may say 😉

Okay, wasn’t that bad…

justbands 1:08 pm 06 Oct 09

I had mine done at a place out in Tuggeranong….near the tattoo place across from Super Cheap Auto. Quick, mostly painless & no problems with it at all.

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