Ever since Roe v. Wade was overturned last week, the country has been in a frenzy about abortion. There has also been a lot of misinformation about what will happen to women's healthcare should states enact stricter abortion laws.
Women are being told that they won't receive treatments for ectopic pregnancies or miscarriages, and that couldn't be farther from the truth. In the midst of all the hysteria, the media is also reporting nonstop about how the overturning of Roe v. Wade will affect men. If anything, knowing that there's less access to abortion will encourage both men and women to act more responsibly, choose committed love over promiscuous hookups, and think more consciously about who they have sex with. But the media is reporting specifically about men's increased interest in vasectomies, as if this is the only useful response to Roe v. Wade being overturned.
More Men Are Reportedly Requesting Vasectomies than Usual Since Roe v. Wade Was Overturned
It's been only one week since Roe v. Wade was overturned, but the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio claims it has seen a "significant increase" in consultations and appointments for vasectomies. A spokesperson for the organization said they usually receive a few requests a day, but from last Friday to Wednesday, they received 90 requests. Reportedly, University Hospitals in Ohio have also witnessed a "slight increase in inquiries about vasectomies since the ruling but not necessarily appointments."
A vasectomy is a medical sterilization procedure for men that cuts the supply of sperm to the semen. It's performed by cutting and sealing the tubes that carry sperm. The surgery can be reversed even though it's meant to be a permanent prevention of procreation.
Doug Stein is a urologist in Florida dubbed the "Vasectomy King," and he told The Washington Post that he used to receive four or five inquiries about vasectomies each day, but since Roe v. Wade was overturned, there have been 12 to 18 requests per day.
“It was very, very noticeable Friday, and then the number that came in over the weekend was huge, and the number that is still coming in far exceeds what we have experienced in the past,” Stein said. “Many of the guys are saying that they have been thinking about a vasectomy for a while, and the Roe v. Wade decision was just that final factor that tipped them over the edge and made them submit the online registration.”
Stein's associate said around 60-70% of the men inquiring about vasectomies "are mentioning the Supreme Court decision."
In Kansas City, Missouri, a urologist named Dr. Christian Hettinger said his office has seen a 900% increase in interest in vasectomies since last week. Over last weekend alone, they received 50 calls asking about vasectomies when they usually receive a few phone calls over the weekend.
The same news is coming from urologists in Austin, Texas. “We’ll typically receive about 200 or so phone calls on a given Friday,” Dr. Koushik Shaw, founder of the Austin Urology Institute, said. “Then we had over 400 phone calls to our office just this past Friday, with 70 occurring over just the one-hour period after Roe v. Wade was passed. We had a record number of bookings for requests for vasectomies…we’ve actually increased our schedule availability just to accommodate the current surge that we’ve seen.”
However, while the media is busy reporting on these increasing numbers, it's still too soon to say whether there are many more men who are actually following through with the operation. Time will only tell whether these men simply felt a sense of panic after Roe v. Wade was overturned, or whether they're actually interested in going through with the permanent sterilization process. Either way, it will be interesting to watch it all unfold.