Vasectomy update

It is now 6 weeks and a day since I had the snip.

I now have only very occasional discomfort when running – usually just at the start, when I still sometimes feel as if I need to urinate. When I am not running, and most of the time when I am, I cannot feel anything at all.

There is still some swelling inside the scrotum on the right vas deferens, where the cut was made.

I began running after two weeks, but felt soreness around the scrotum, and a feeling of needing to go to the lavatory. It was perhaps four weeks before the discomfort disappeared altogether during the day. I began cycling again after four weeks. Occasionally, if I sat on the saddle in the wrong way, I would get some aching – this seems to have disappeared now.

Published by Owen Barder

Owen is Senior Fellow and Director for Europe at the Center for Global Development and a Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics. Owen was a civil servant for a quarter of a century, working in Number 10, the Treasury and the Department for International Development. Owen hosts the Development Drums podcast, and is the author Running for Fitness, the book and website. Owen is on Twitter and

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