March Madness & A Vasectomy

Edmund Sabanegh, MD, Chair, Department of Urology says, “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.
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March Madness & A Vasectomy.

Our guest blogger from For Hims is here to tell us that and more.

Researchers from the athenahealth network found that there was a 30% increase in vasectomy procedures during the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament.
Edmund Sabanegh, MD, Chair, Department of Urology says, “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.
Researchers from the athenahealth network found that there was a 30% increase in vasectomy procedures during the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament.

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Over 50 million men in the United States have had a vasectomy.

That translates to around 5% of married men at the reproductive age.

A huge benefit to the procedure is how extremely effective it is. Men are less than 1% likely to get their partner pregnant afterward. This is an excellent option to consider if you are not interested in having children or are finished having children.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, on average a child will cost you around $16,000. The cost of a vasectomy is around $1,000, which is covered by most insurance.

In a nutshell, vasectomies block the tubes which allow sperm to pass into the semen. The outpatient surgery techniques make the procedure quick and safe with very little pain. There are no incisions necessary and the whole thing takes about 15 minutes to finish.

To some, the most desirable part of the procedure comes with the doctor’s resting orders.

Watching the NCAA tournament in March, while keeping up with your bracket will be a welcome distraction.

The most popular day to get a vasectomy is the Friday before the first round of NCAA games. Click To Tweet

Following the surgery, it is recommended to be off your feet for two to three days with plenty of rest. It’s important to avoid all strenuous activity, and no heavy lifting or carrying is allowed. It is highly encouraged to lay down with your feet slightly elevated and apply ice for up to six hours.

Dr. Neil “The Whiz” Baum even goes a bit farther. He offers a March Madness vasectomy special. The vasectomy includes a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, pizza, a frozen gel pack, and a bell to ring for care.

A vasectomy can be a touchy topic to talk about with your doctor. When it comes to men’s health, procedures and treatments are nothing to be embarrassed about. So let’s not stop there.

Did you know that one in four men under the age of forty will experience some kind of erectile dysfunction?

 According to the Cleveland Clinic, as many as 52% of men experience erectile dysfunction. ED Affects 40% of men age 40, and 70% of men age 70. This is a direct correlation with the overall cardiovascular function of a man’s body.

It is at this time that some men may turn to pharma for help. Hims is a telemedicine company that offers a discreet way to be prescribed Sildenafil (generic Viagra). You are able to connect with doctors online to answer a few questions about your health and your symptoms. Consequently, there is no face-to-face contact or in-office waiting.

Chesapeake Urology stated that April is Testicular Cancer Month and there is no better time to keep up with your sexual health.

Testicular cancer mainly affects men between the ages 15 to 35. Click To Tweet

We’re all guilty of devoting time to doing research on every team in the field. Additionally, we have spent time reading the advice of bracketologists to perfect our brackets for the big dance. We’re great at taking advice from bracketology “experts,” who frankly can’t predict anything. Why not devote the same energy to be as informed about our health?

Do your research, explore your options, and talk to your doctor to make a decision that best suits your lifestyle.

Madness” can take on a lot of meaning, but don’t let your health be included.

 

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13 thoughts on “March Madness & A Vasectomy”

  1. Sigh. KY just outlawed abortion at 11 weeks, though I suspect it will be overturned as it violates Roe v Wade and Casey v Planned Parenthood. Jane, I agree about the forced vasectomies. For certain, anesthesia is for wimps and not for gun-totin” red-blooded Amuriccan men. Once again, time for women everywhere to read Aristophanes” Lysistrata.

  2. My friend was booked in for a vasectomy in two weeks time and has just got his wife pregnant! For me this is a very emotive issue. We’re not having any more children but it feels like I’ll be losing part of my manhood if I have one. Maybe it’s the knowledge that I won’t be able to create new life. Anyway, interesting reading.

    1. Paul, I am happy that you bring up these thoughts. It is much the same thought that some women have when scheduling a tubal ligation.

  3. I never realize that there was an increase in vasectomies around March during the NCAA men’s basketball tournament! I guess I never thought about it but it makes sense.thank you for this information as it seems affordable and logical for men who are complete with having children.

  4. I am so glad that vasectomies are becoming so popular because it’s such an easier process than the woman getting their tubes tied. So glad to see ways in which men can help with the not making a baby situation also!

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