Most of us had no idea that November 7th was World Vasectomy Day, however, as surprising as it may seem, it was. And although very few might understand the holiday (most of all men, who generally do not want to hear about vasectomies, let alone have one done), health activists the world over are attempting to bring more attention to the event. Consequently, they decided that the very best possibility to do so would be to live stream their vasectomy procedures from the Planned Parenthood headquarters in Kissimmee, Florida.
Doug Stein, MD, World Vasectomy co-founder, is scheduled to perform 25 pro-bono vasectomies in hopes of raising awareness about this yet unused birth control option. The procedures will be streamed in real time, while the patients explain what they are going through.
Together with Dr. Stein, 300 additional surgeons across the globe will be performing a collective of 1,500 vasectomies.
Those undergoing the procedures streamed live aren’t fond of showing their genitalia to strangers- what they hope to achieve is that others understand, through the chatty and calm environment, that the procedure is painless, easy and fast.
“I barely knew it was going on — I was a little nervous at first, but I was surprised by how easy and fast it was.”
one patient said.
Approximately 50 percent of all pregnancies in the United States are unintended and they generaly come with adverse outcomes for either mother or child. From delayed prenatal care to premature birth, such things are easily preventable when an effective contraceptive method is chosen. This is where vasectomies come into play: 300 million women have decided on tubal ligation, six times the number of men who have had vasectomies. However, such a procedure is invasive, costly and risky as opposed to a vasectomy and the results are equally effective.
“I actually think it’s how women should celebrate World Vasectomy Day. We have all these terrified but willing men in our clinics and this is the one bit they have to do.”
Niall Behan, IFPA chief executive said.
In the past, vasectomies were regarded as complete rule-breaking procedures.
“Was it not bad enough that this association was promoting sex outside of marriage and encouraging adultery? Now it was mutilating men as well.”
said Andrew Rynne, a doctor who began performing the procedure while everything was still fresh.
And although men everywhere are beginning to give the procedure a closer look, the fear is far from gone.