Today is World Vasectomy Day.
Granted, there are a lot of ‘world days’ held each year that aim to raise awareness of particular issues or problems. Unlike those that just aim to boost the profile of a cause however, World Vasectomy Day on November 13 takes it one step further.
Not only are free information and education sessions on the procedure and its effectiveness offered as part of this annual event, doctors across the world also actually perform vasectomies.
Brief history and main objectives of WVD
In 2012, a media activist and a urologist got together to talk about the impact of the human population on the planet. The first World Vasectomy Day (WVD) was launched in Adelaide in 2013, making this year’s event the third to take place. At that first event, the organisers achieved their aim of getting more than 100 doctors in 25 countries to perform over 1,000 vasectomies in 24 hours. In 2014, the event really took off, with 500 doctors performing 3,000 vasectomies in 32 countries!
The main objectives of the event include:
- Increase awareness of the male vasectomy as a very safe and effective option for family planning.
- Improve worldwide access to vasectomies.
- Build positive communities with participants through story-telling.
- Ease the pressure on women who often have to bear most or all of the responsibility for family planning.
- Generate dialogue about vasectomies.
- Dispel some of the misinformation around the male vasectomy, including that it can lead to reduced testosterone / libido / sex life, or that it is the same as castration, or that having fewer children makes one less of a man. Some of these myths may be cultural, but they also exist among modern western populations as well.
- Show how a vasectomy can enable a father to take better care of the children he already has, while also reducing his carbon footprint.
- Show how the male vasectomy is less invasive than tubal ligation, a healthier option than taking chemicals or hormones for contraception, and also far more effective than condoms.
What it all means
The important thing about education campaigns such as WVD is that the message gets out there that the male vasectomy is not something to be feared. In the hands of a professional vasectomist, it is a very safe procedure that has no effect on libido and solves the ‘problem’ of contraception once and for all, with minimal bodily pain or invasion.
If you would like to know more about vasectomy as a contraceptive method, you should see your doctor or consult with a professional urologist.