More men across the country are undergoing a very intimate and very permanent procedure this month, than any other time of the year.
The reason: March Madness.
“The procedure itself, we do in about 15 minutes,” Dr. Dan Stulberg of the UNM Center for Reproductive Health said.
The male contraceptive is now easier than ever.
“We use what’s called the no scalpel vasectomy technique, as opposed to the old scalpel routine where you had to cut fairly large incisions,’ Dr. Stulberg said.
Stulberg has been performing this procedure for about 30 years, the last eight of which have taken place at the center.
It’s a surgery he’s done more than a thousand times, he guesses, with many of those taking place in March.
You could call it ‘Vasectomy Madness?’ Maybe ‘Snipping Season?’
“Because of March Madness, we’ve opened extra clinics. So for the next three Fridays we’ve got vasectomy slots available if people want to get in during those times,” Dr. Lisa Hofler, Medical Director for the Center, said.
Trends show some men are intentionally scheduling the procedure so they can kick back and soak in the sport of college basketball while resting and recovering.
“First day couch potato. Saturday-Sunday taking it easy, watching the games at home, back to work on Monday. As long as there’s no heavy lifting, pulling or pushing for a week,” Dr. Stulberg said.
While some women might see it as a sly opportunity for their partner to veg out and watch basketball, Hofler disagrees.
“I think it’s a great opportunity,” she said. “If couples are sure that they aren’t wanting to have any more children, it’s an opportunity for him to be part of the family planning with her.”
For more information on the topic, visit the Center for Reproductive Health’s website.