Marie Claire online ran my article on World Vasectomy Day a week before the event. Read the text below, or click here to read it on the Marie Claire website.
Male sterilization, or vasectomy, is a short procedure that takes only 30 minutes and is done under local anaesthetic while female sterilization, or tubal ligation, is a riskier operation done under general anaesthetic and requires a longer recovery period.
Despite this, women in South Africa are 20 times more likely to undergo sterilization and, around the world, mainly women shoulder the responsibility of family planning. World Vasectomy Day on 18 October 2013 aims to create awareness around male sterilization. It aims to generate discussion around why men are reluctant to make this responsible choice and encourages them to get involved with family planning for the benefit of their partners, their families and the environment.
Events including a screening of the documentary The Vasectomist and public discussions will take place all over the world on this day. In 25 countries, men will dedicate their vasectomies to Mother Earth and some will even be streamed live online.
Marie Claire readers are invited to join the debate and attend the South African premiere of The Vasectomist at FADA at the University of Johannesburg. Visit TooMuchTooMany.co.za for more details of what’s happening on World Vasectomy Day this year.