I had a vasectomy last Friday (May 15, 2009) after doing a lot of research on the medical safety of the procedure and after consulting many friends who love the Lord. I’m in the medical field and my close friend, a physician and Catholic, also talked to me about it recently. He had the procedure several years ago and is apparently quite at peace with it. I also consulted other Catholic men and a Protestant minister who also had the procedure performed, and they too were happy with their procedure.
It’s strange, though. I don’t feel the same anymore. I’ve tried very hard to reconcile my decision: that it was for my wife and me (she really didn’t want more children, but I did, so I submitted in part to her wishes), that it would allow us to focus on our two beautiful children, that I am now 45 years old, and that it was just a simple procedure. Rationalization, I now know.
Even though she had been on birth control pills for 11 of our 13 years of marriage, there was the possibility of reversibility; i.e., she could stop at anytime and we could get pregnant. Now, though, I’ve closed the book on that. I’ve made the decision to take something out of me that wasn’t broken. And I’m finding myself thinking of the child that I’ll never have now, instead of focusing on the blessings given to me through the gift of the children I DO have.
Even though I’ve been given scripture quotes supporting both sides of the argument, I can’t help but feel different, as though I killed a part of my life.
I am profoundly sorry for what I’ve done and have actually thought about getting it reversed asap, but I don’t know if I’m acting irrationally or not. Even if I do get it reversed, my wife will not agree to becoming pregnant again. So, I’m stuck. Sorry and stuck.
The first question I’m trying to answer is, “Is it truly a sin?” I know the Church teaches that any kind of contraception, other than NFP, is intentionally trying to prevent a life from forming and is, therefore, a sin. My independent thought, however, is that NFP must too be a sin, as its primary objective is the prevention of pregnancy. Reversibility aside, it too seeks to prevent a new life.
However, my heart is obviously troubled by my decision and I feel great pain (spiritual) at the moment, so now I need to determine if my thoughts are actually my conscience informing me to ask for forgiveness and repent, OR are being planted by the enemy and his desire to see me separated from God.
More than anything, I pray for peace about my action.
Thank you very much for reading my story and for your advice.