The Surprising Relationship Between Basketball and Vasectomies

Raising children is one of the greatest joys in life, but every couple has a different idea of how many kids they’d like to have. Whether you’re going for six, or stopped after one, there may come a time when you decide not to have any more children. Once this decision is made there are many options available for contraception, from birth control pills to condoms; but if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, the quickest and safest option out there is a vasectomy.

It turns out that now is actually the perfect time to have this procedure done! Doctors have recently come across an intriguing and thought-provoking relationship between vasectomies and… March Madness?

A study conducted by athenahealth found there to be a 30% increase in scheduled vasectomy procedures during the first week of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. If you’re wondering why there would be such a dramatic increase, keep in mind that doctors normally recommend that men spend at least two or three days recovering from the procedure. This means staying at home and staying off their feet. The theory seems to be that if you’re going to be stuck laying in bed for three days under doctor’s orders, you might as well be doing it at a time when you can watch as much basketball as possible!

The majority of vasectomies are scheduled towards the end of the week, giving the patient a full weekend of recovery time. This is especially true on the first Friday of the NCAA Tournament, when urologists typically see a 41% increase in the scheduling of vasectomy appointments!

The Stats:

Having a vasectomy is a very safe and effective method of birth control, whereby a man’s vas deferens tube is surgically obstructed, preventing sperm from flowing from the testicles to the urethra. This causes the man to become sterilized. The procedure itself is very brief and can usually be completed in 30 minutes or less. Vasectomies are usually very effective, boasting a failure rate of just .15%. Better yet, it is possible (but not guaranteed) for a vasectomy to be reversed should you decide that you would like to father a child.

Despite the ease and reversibility of the procedure, only 1 in 10 US males opt for getting a vasectomy, while 25.1% of women are choosing to undergo tubal ligation – a much more dangerous and permanent operation.

Side Effects:

A vasectomy will not affect your sex drive, although it is possible to experience some dull aching in your testicles during arousal, but this should last no more than a month or two. Similarly, your ability to get and maintain an erection will not be affected by the procedure itself, although the negative emotions surrounding the procedure may cause some temporary erectile dysfunction, in which case a doctor can prescribe medication for ED.

If you’re thinking about getting a vasectomy, it’s important to do your research. Find a doctor that is reputable and makes you feel comfortable. As with any medical decision or procedure, it’s crucial that you’re well-informed of all benefits, risks, and in this case, your team’s tournament schedule.

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