Recent statistics show that March Madness is a very popular time of year for men to get vasectomies. The data from athenahealth network show that urologists perform 30 percent more vasectomies during the first round of the 2016 NCAA tournament than they do the rest of the year.
Why is this? The reasons aren’t exactly clear, but it could be that men want to schedule their recovery during a time when they know they can relax and enjoy the games. (Vasectomies are also more popular on Fridays, as men like to schedule them before the weekend, giving them time to rest and recuperate before work on Monday.)
Some cynical types might say that being “nagged” by their wives during March Madness and fantasy basketball games drives men to go get the snip, but I think otherwise.
After all, lots of women love March Madness, too, and it doesn’t explain why men don’t head in droves for a vasectomy during the Superbowl or other big sports events.
No, perhaps it is simply that the start of spring inspires men to start thinking about their sexual health.
With summer vacations coming up, now is a good time to make sure that birth control is taken care of and that patients will have the green light for sexual activity once warm weather hits. (It can take six weeks or longer for a vasectomy to become 100 percent effective as a form of birth control.)
Whatever the reason behind the “Vas Madness” (as the trend is being called), many urology clinics are making the most of the March Madness timing. Some are even offering discounts and extended hours of service.
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