Like hot wings and football, vasectomies and March Madness often go hand in hand. About this time of year, urologists nationwide see an increase in the number of vasectomy procedures scheduled before the NCAA’s annual March Madness basketball tournament.
A vasectomy is when an urologist cuts the vas deferens preventing sperm from mixing with and entering semen during ejaculation, thereby preventing pregnancy. The benefits of a vasectomy as birth control are that it is a typically safer procedure for men than a woman’s tubal ligation, and it is also less expensive. And contrary to what many believe, a vasectomy does not affect sexual drive or performance.
While a vasectomy is a simple office visit or outpatient surgery that only takes about 20 to 30 minutes to perform, it’s the doctor’s orders of taking it easy and relaxing with your feet up for a few days afterwards that has guys clamoring for a March appointment.
What better way to recover than by camping out on the couch watching one of the most popular sporting events of the year? This is some men’s Super Bowl.
At Urology Austin, we often see an uptick in the number of vasectomies in March, but the American Urological Association does not have the data to support this trend.
And urban legend has it that some men even ask their doctors to embellish the prescribed recovery time needed on the couch so their wives leave them uninterrupted in their playoff glory long after it’s deemed okay to resume normal activity.