In the run up to the first World Vasectomy Day, 18 October 2013, Too Much Too Many will focus on why men seem so reluctant to take responsibility for their own family planning.
Who to sterilise?
Population pressures will not be resolved by more men having vasectomies, it’s obviously more complex than that. However, when South African women are twenty times more likely to be sterilized, by tubal ligation, than South African men, by vasectomy, we should ask why.
Durban urologist and World Vasectomy Day supporter, Dr. Aslam Bhorat, compares the two procedures:
"With tubal ligation the woman's fallopian tubes are clamped or severed. It's major surgery requiring general anaesthesia and the patient is at risk of significant complications. By comparison, a vasectomy is a much less serious procedure. The man's vasa deferentia are severed, preventing sperm from travelling into the prostate and out of the body mixed into the semen. Vasectomy only requires local anaesthesia, has a much quicker recovery time, lower risks and is a much cheaper procedure.” Dr Bhorat concluded “All other things being equal, if one partner were to have permanent sterilization, on medical grounds, I would encourage a man to have a vasectomy over a woman having tubal ligation.”
The Royal Institution of Australia will host many of the WVD activities. They've asked for a 30 second promotional video setting out why I support World Vasectomy Day and it’s partly down to the points raised by Dr Bhorat. Here’s the video: