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18 October 2013 was the first ever World Vasectomy Day. The aim of the day was to start a conversation about men's reluctance to get involved in family planning and the impact of unintended pregnancies on the planet.

Dr. Doug Stein in front of one of his billboards advertising vasectomy

Dr. Doug Stein in front of one of his billboards advertising vasectomy

South Africa

The main event in South Africa was the screening of the African premiere of The Vasectomist at the FADA Auditorium of the University of Johannesburg, which was followed by a lively audience debate on the issues raised, with questions answered by both David and Dr Shingai Mutambirwa, consultant urologist and researcher at George Mukhari Hospital.

David wrote articles for five publications in the lead up to World Vasectomy Day. Click on the headlines to read them.

David also spoke on SAfm, Talk Radio 702 and UJfm about the issues behind World Vasectomy Day. Click on the podcasts to listen.


Elsewhere in the world around 1,000 men in 25 countries had vasectomies which they dedicated to Planet Earth, some were live streamed online to highlight the simplicity of the procedure. There was a pop up vasectomy clinic in New York. From Canada to Rwanda and Argentina to South Africa men took part. The epicentre of the day was the Royal Institution of Australia which hosted talks and debates. You can read more on the World Vasectomy Day website here.

What do you think?

South Africa's patriarchal societal structures, high HIV prevalence and poor levels of women's rights mean ours is a crucial and potentially very different perspective. Why do you think so few South African men have vasectomies? Is it an appropriate way to help face our population challenges? Fill out the guestbook below and let us know what you think

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