Many men plan a vasectomy
for the week of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Men’s Basketball Tournament.
This allows them to binge-watch b-ball all weekend as they recuperate, says Edmund Sabanegh, MD
, Chair, Department of Urology.
“We see a lot of men who hold off scheduling their vasectomy until this time of year, when they know they’ll have some down time to watch the tournament,” he says.
A permanent solution
About 50 million men
in the United States have had vasectomies
. That translates to about 5 percent of all married couples of reproductive age.
The goal of vasectomy is to eliminate the possibility of fathering a child. “Men who are interested in vasectomy should consider it a permanent form of birth control,” notes Dr. Sabenegh.
The vasectomy blocks the tube through which sperm passes into the semen. Outpatient surgery techniques make the procedure quicker and safer, and create less discomfort.
The highly effective procedure requires no incision and takes about 15 minutes to perform. Patients must apply ice to the area. Recovery can take from 24 to 72 hours.
Take it easy – doctor’s orders
Watching the intense competition among college athletes — along with your brackets — can be a welcome distraction. And it just so happens that doctor’s orders for recuperating from vasectomy mesh well with binge-watching college hoops.
“Typically, men should take it easy on the couch,” Dr. Sabanegh says. “They will need to apply an ice bag for about six hours, on and off. For a short time, they should not do anything strenuous.”
The number of requests to schedule a vasectomy spike around other big sporting events too. “Along with March Madness, we tend to see surges in vasectomy around the Super Bowl
,” he says.