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To Snip Or Not to Snip and the Alternatives for Women

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Vasectomies are the one thing that is up with some facilities seeing an almost 50% increase in the procedure. They attribute the worsening economy and fear of being able to provide as contributing to this trend.

Many wives become sports widows, especially in March with the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Now there is a new trend called Vas-Madness Or Snip City where men actually time their vasectomy during March Madness.

I spoke with local urologist, Dr. Mark Delworth with the Urology Group who told me that they definitely see a spike in vasectomies around any major sporting event, but especially March Madness and the Masters. Nationally there is about a 10 percent increase for the Tourney.

Most men have young children and can rarely get a pass to sit on the couch and watch TV for 3 days. Most wives are more than willingly to oblige knowing that the burden of birth control is lifted. (Of course I don’t remember a 3-day pass after my cesarean!)

What if you still can’t get him to go to the Dr.? Are there new alternatives for women?

There is a new way to perform a tubal ligation that does not require cutting and a few doctors are performing it in the office. It is called Essure. The Dr. will place thin coils into the fallopian tubes through the cervix or opening to the uterus through the vagina. The coils will cause scarring and close the tubes in about 3 months. Women may have some cramping but go back to their normal activities right away.
Both of these methods are permanent procedures. You cannot reverse blockage from Essure and a vasectomy is not readily reversible. They both take about 3 months before they are effective and both require additional confirmation tests.

Are there any options that are reversible?

My personal favorite in the Mirena. It is a device that is placed in the office that stays up in the uterus for 5 years. All 3 of these methods are 99.8% effective. The benefit of the Mirena is that it is reversible so if you change your mind you can easily pull it and be able to get pregnant the next month. It is also effective immediately so you don’t have to wait.

Who should not get permanent sterilization?

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