by Praanav Dasarathi | 17 NOV 2017
World Vasectomy Day on November 17th involves over 1,000 participating providers in more than 50 countries anticipated to do over 10,000 vasectomies on the occasion of the fifth-year anniversary celebrations.
Some interesting facts:
Every year approximately 500000 and 600000 men choose vasectomy as the permanent birth control method of choice in their family
Vasectomy is considered nearly 100% safe, effective and does not interfere with sexual pleasure
The no-scalpel vasectomy (NSV) procedure was introduced in the early 1970s in China by Dr. LI shunqiang
A vasectomy doesn’t reduce a man’s sexual drive, virility or his ability to have or enjoy sex
Sterilization for a man is apparently less expensive than for a woman (tubal ligation), which may be as much as five times more costly.
Mr. Vinoj Manning, Executive Director, Ipas Development Foundation (IDF) explained:
World Vasectomy Day is a reminder for men to pledge their support to women for joint decision-making. It is a movement for men to engage in the conversation about contraception. We support the Ministry’s initiatives of working towards involving men in the conversation about family planning. Male involvement in family planning is a priority at the policy level and needs all players to come forward to make this a reality at the ground level. We need champions to lead by example and demonstrate the role of men in supporting their families.
Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director of Population Foundation of India explained:
The burden of family planning is borne unequally by women in India, as female sterilization accounts for 75.6% of modern contraceptive usage, while male sterilization is at just 0.6%, even though it is a low-risk, simpler and highly effective form of contraception. 17th November 2017, on the occasion of the World Vasectomy Day, we feel that it is important to understand that deep-seated patriarchal norms are a deterrent that prevents men from being equal partners in sharing the responsibility for planning families. A survey indicates that 40.2% of men in India think it is a woman’s responsibility to avoid getting pregnant. We need to actively work towards engaging men in family planning by addressing social norms to enable them to make the right choices for a healthy family, community, and country.
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