After a very lengthy process of weighing up the pros and cons of getting a vasectomy – which principally boiled down to potential immune consequences vs. strength of desire not to have another baby – my husband Ian decided to go ahead and have a vasectomy.

I said “Ian decided” because whilst I helped with research and discussion, there’s no way I would ever tell anyone to have surgery. I made it clear that I would be 100% supportive of whatever he decided.

His main deciding factors were that our last two children had been conceived whilst using birth control. When I got pregnant with Hugo (our last) both the doctor and the midwife said, “I don’t know how you got pregnant!” I said, “We don’t know either, we’re calling it the Immaculate Conception.”

So, Ian weighed up our incredibly high fertility against his extremely strong, robust body and immune system – he’s never had anything more than an occasional flu bug his entire adult life – and decided that for him the mental/emotional benefits of a vasectomy outweighed the physical risk. And he went ahead and had a vasectomy

Needless to say, I took one look at the traditional medical post-vasectomy care procedure (drug painkillers and antibiotics) and devised him a holistic one. When he went in for his first post-vasectomy checkup, the doctor (who has two clinics and ALL they do is vasectomies) was astounded. Ian had no pain at any time and the doc said he didn’t even look like he’d had a vasectomy. He asked Ian what he did and when Ian told him, the doctor requested a copy of my protocol to hand out to his patients, to give them the option of medical vs. holistic post-vasectomy care.

So, in case you are considering a vasectomy, here is that exact same protocol:

1.  Rest & Ice

Immediately following vasectomy, lie down on the couch or bed for the entire rest of the day with an ice pack (or ziplock bag filled with ice cubes) on top of the incision site. You can have your penis up or down, whichever is more comfortable.

Before placing the ice pack, remove about half of the gauze and place it in a clean plastic, ziplock bag, for later use. Otherwise the gauze pad is too thick and the cold cannot penetrate the tissues adequately.

Your body and psyche have undergone a significant event. So you need to just lie back on the sofa (read, watch tv, nap) and just rest like a king for the remainder of the day. Even eat your meals reclining on the sofa so there is no compression or downward pull of gravity on your genitals. Remember, sitting is not enough, you need to lie down or significantly recline (with just your head/shoulders raised) in order to release the pressure on your testicles.

2.  Arnica

Take an oral homeopathic remedy called:  Arnica Montana 30CH

Take 5 pellets under the tongue, every three hours for the first day.

Then take 5 pellets, 3 times per day for the next two days.

Do not touch the pellets with your fingers, just tip them from the cap directly into your mouth.

Do not eat/drink anything really aromatic like coffee, mint, eucalyptus, wild oregano oil, etc. for 20 minutes before or after the dose, as this interferes with the remedy.

Also apply Arnica cream or gel (the cream is recommended, as the gel tends to make the pubic hairs sticky) directly to the scrotum. Don’t rub in, just apply with light strokes twice per day for 4 days. Don’t skip this step as the effect is really remarkable.

Arnica is used for any bruising, sprains, strains, post-childbirth, sports injuries, etc. Traumeel is another topical cream you can use as it contains Arnica and is also very effective.

3.  Wild Oregano Oil

If you’re concerned about infection, or just want to take something as a preventative, then wild oregano oil orally is the strongest herb you can take. It is also an anti-inflammatory. I offer a free report on wild oregano oil (look for the pink box on the left side of the page) if you want more information.

Get either Joy Of The Mountains brand, or, North American Herb & Spice brand in the 1 ounce liquid dropper bottle.

Shake well and take 5 drops orally (shoot to back of mouth and then follow with lots of water), 3x/day for one week. Best if taken on an empty stomach, but not necessary. If you use for longer than two weeks, then you must follow with probiotics. See my video on YouTube for the easiest way to take wild oregano oil.

If it looks like infection is developing (or you want a preventative treatment), then also apply diluted wild oregano directly to the scrotum. Dilute 8:1 with organic olive oil for suspected infection (8 drops olive oil to 1 drop wild oregano oil) and 10:1 for protective effect, shake well and apply topically 4 times per day.

Wild Oregano Oil is antiviral, antibiotic, antiyeast and antifungal. It is also anti-inflammatory. However, it has a very “hot” sensation when touching any mucous membrane (that lasts about 2.5 minutes), hence the video provides a way to ingest it with no discomfort. Diluting it with olive oil, as directed, makes it comfortable for applying directly to genitalia.

Note: My husband followed steps one and two, but as his immune system is very strong, he only took 5 drops of wild oregano, 3x/day on the first day only. He experienced no swelling whatsoever and no pain.

4.  White Willow Bark

It is likely that just from following steps one and two above, you will not experience any pain. But if you do, then use white willow bark instead of drug painkillers.

Aspirin was actually derived from white willow bark, which has traditionally been used by First Nations people (brewed into a tea) as an effective analgesic. Take two capsules for any pain. Up to 4 times per day. Best if taken with some food.

NOTE: The herbs listed in this protocol should be available at any good quality, natural health store.