Snip Before Tipoff
When the NCAA Basketball Tournament tips off this week, millions of fans will be cheering on their teams and keeping up with their bracket predictions.
But there is also a group of men who could be strategically planning to schedule a vasectomy to coincide with the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, which consists of 48 games and holds the potential for exciting upset victories.
The University of New Mexico Center for Reproductive Health schedules the procedure for Fridays, with Dan Stulberg, MD, performing a bulk of the vasectomies. Lisa Hofler, MD, chief of the Division of Family Planning, said they have noticed that Stulberg’s surgical slots are almost always full for March.
“Last year, we even added some extra clinics to accommodate it,” Holfer said. “We certainly do a see a lot of people that want to come and get their vasectomy in March.”
A 2017 athenahealth study found that during the first weekend of the 2016 NCAA Tournament, urologists across its network performed 30 percent more vasectomies than an average week.
Following the surgery, “Dr. Stulberg recommends that men be a couch potato all weekend and then to not do any strenuous lifting, pushing or pulling for the next week,” Hofler said. “If there was a weekend where somebody would particularly want to be a couch potato, that would be the weekend to do it.”
There are theories that the same could be said for the weekend of the Masters Tournament in April, which is the first major golf championship of the year.
A vasectomy is a very common sterilization procedure for men who do not want to father any more children. The brief outpatient procedure involves cutting the tube that carries sperm. Recovery time is usually two to three days.
“Vasectomy is the safest, most effective form of sterilization,” Hofler said. “And certainly, for a couple who doesn’t want to have any more children, it is probably the best way to go. The success rate is great. The person is there for less than a few hours, they can go home that same day and feel back to normal. Whenever I am counseling women, or men or couples about sterilization or permanent contraception, this is what we say.”
For more information on a vasectomy, contact the UNM Center for Reproductive Health at 505-925-4455.