US Doctors See Vasectomy Surge After End of Roe v. Wade: Report – National

Physicians across the US are reporting a surge in vasectomy applications after the Supreme Court’s decision to set the Roe v. Wade, who once guaranteed federal abortion rights, according to the Washington Post.

Doug Stein, a urologist from Florida, a state that recently banned abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, told the Post that he used to receive about four or five vasectomy requests a day. That number has risen to between 12 and 18 applications following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

“It was a very, very noticeable Friday and then the number that came in over the weekend was huge and the number that’s still coming in far exceeds what we’ve seen in the past,” Stein said.

“A lot of the guys say they’ve been contemplating a vasectomy for a while, and the Roe v. Wade was just the final factor that tipped her over the edge and made her submit the online registration.”

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A vasectomy is a quick and non-invasive surgery that prevents sperm from mixing with semen and is almost 100 percent preventive of pregnancy.

Around 500,000 vasectomies occur in the United States each year, mostly on already married people with children. About 6 percent of men get a vasectomy as a form of birth control, compared to about 18 percent of women who have their tubes tied to prevent pregnancy (although tubal ligation is a more invasive and risky procedure).

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For its part, Canada has one of the highest vasectomy rates in the world, with about 22 percent of couples who practice birth control opting for vasectomies.

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A 2015 United Nations report found that Canada has higher rates of vasectomy than tubal ligation — one of the few developed nations to have that distinction.

Stein told the Washington Post that he needed to free up more days in his schedule to accommodate all of the new vasectomy requests after his practice was fully booked with appointments through late August.

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Stein and his collaborator, John Curington, said that most people who applied for a vasectomy know the fall of Roe v. named Wade as the main factor.

“I would say at least 60 or 70 percent mention the Supreme Court decision,” Curington told The Post. “And some of them are so educated as young men that they actually think about Judge Thomas and his opinion that contraception might be next. And that’s shocking. That’s something that never seeps into our conversations until this week.”

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in his opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that the court should not stop simply overthrowing Roe v. Wade.

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“In future cases, we should consider all of this court’s significant precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence and Obergefell,” wrote Thomas.

In 1965 Griswold v. Connecticut set a precedent for using contraceptives without government interference. The other two cases Thomas mentioned protect the right to same-sex marriage.

It’s not just urologists in Florida who are noticing this surge in vasectomies. Philip Werthman, an LA-based urologist, told the Washington Post that the number of vasectomy consultations he’s recently performed has increased “300 to 400 percent” even as California introduced a constitutional amendment protecting access to abortions .

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An Iowa urologist, Esgar Guarín, told The Post of a “200 to 250 percent” increase in traffic to his website as people search for more information about vasectomies.

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Guarín says there has been an overall uptick in vasectomy requests in recent years, but that increase is significant — he says, “The overall uptick is continuing, but the dramatic bumps aren’t.”

New York urologist Marc Goldstein used to perform many vasectomy reversals but now sees the opposite.

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“Now it’s the other way around,” he told the Washington Post. “So it was a dramatic change. And this[Supreme Court decision]will only affect that further in terms of increasing requests.”

What patients have to say

Seattle resident Greg Thomas said he had considered having a vasectomy for some time, but the fall of Roe v. Wade was the straw that broke the camel’s back. His partner has cerebral palsy, which means that pregnancy would pose a serious risk to her health.

“I’ve long believed that birth control should be something in which penis wearers should take more responsibility, and nipping the problem in the bud seems the most logical. Even though I live in a state where abortion will still be legal, I never want to put my partner in a position to risk her life, especially for something I can prevent,” he told Buzzfeed News.

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Sean Sullivan of Boston told Buzzfeed News he plans to have a vasectomy once the Supreme Court’s draft opinion in Roe v. Wade was leaked.

“I literally had a vasectomy at 9am this morning, an hour before the Supreme Court decision was announced. Took 20 minutes and cost $60 co-pay,” he said.

“I’m a married father of twins, and my wife and I made the decision so my wife wouldn’t have to go on another IUD or other form of birth control,” Sullivan told Buzzfeed News. “10 out of 10 points. I can recommend it.”

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