Are there any side effects of the vasectomy?

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Most men experience little or no pain however a few experience discomfort, bruising and swelling of a minor and transient nature. This is usually relieved by rest, simple pain medications and supportive underwear. Serious side effects are extremely rare. Long-term pain and tenderness (1-2% of cases), infection, epididymo-orchitis (inflammation of the epididymis and testes), scrotal haematoma (blood clot inside the scrotum), bleeding, cyst and granuloma formation, reactions around internal sutures, development of anti-sperm antibodies, delayed wound healing and adverse reactions to the skin preparation, latex gloves, local anaesthetic and heat cautery/diathermy can occur.

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