Helping men and their families become more informed about their choices.
Delivering services to men who are stepping up for their loved ones.
Live streamed vasectomies
What is World Vasectomy Day?
We believe men worldwide are ready to make the choice to do right by themselves, their families and our future by becoming engaged in conversations about family planning.
World Vasectomy Day is a worldwide movement about starting these conversations, helping men and their families become more informed about their choices, and creating alliances with governments, organizations, and individuals willing to help train providers, educate families, and deliver services to men who are stepping up for their loved ones.
The family planning community has largely ignored men, but we remain committed to the notion that when presented with accurate and compelling information, many men will share responsibility for family planning. For those who’s families are complete, and who want to support their wives and children by voluntarily choosing to get a vasectomy, we believe that the family planning community needs to respond with up-to-date information and quality procedures.
What is World Vasectomy Day?
It is a social media communications project that unites men, vasectomy providers and health care activists in a mission to increase men’s participation in family planning.
It is the vasectomy-provider community linked by a list-serve, where doctors share practical information and successful solutions to common challenges.
It is a once-a-year ‘vasectomy-thon’ in which vasectomy providers throughout the world provide high quality vasectomies to men whose families are complete.
It is a live-stream program that is shared across multiple time zones with Skype contributions from men getting vasectomies, vasectomy providers, leaders in family planning, contributions from wives, partners and mothers as well as documentaries and animations produced over the year.
It is an opportunity to educate men and women about a variety of family planning options.
It is a two-week event that is produced from our rotating headquarters where we work with local providers and health care providers to build sustainable vasectomy programs.
It is a year round effort that builds awareness through communication and community, through collective effort by creating strategic alliances with Ministries of Health, Family Planning organizations and conscientious individuals.
It is an ongoing movement that harnesses the best in men to build fairer, more respectful and kinder gender relations.
It is the largest male-oriented family planning event in history and it has barely gotten started.
TEN REASONS PEOPLE SUPPORT
WORLD VASECTOMY DAY
"I support World Vasectomy Day because sharing responsibility for family planning is the right thing for men to do."
"I support World Vasectomy Day because for men whose families are complete, it is the most reliable option available."
"I support World Vasectomy Day because a vasectomy is far less invasive than tubal ligation and less risky than taking hormones."
"I support World Vasectomy Day, not to deny the joy of parenthood, but to increase the quality of life for living beings already here."
"I support World Vasectomy Day so that men everywhere have access to high quality vasectomy services."
"I support World Vasectomy Day because eliminating the fear of unintended pregnancy can actually improve our sex life."
"I support World Vasectomy Day to help lower our collective carbon print.”
"I support World Vasectomy Day to inspire men to participate in the most important conversation of our lives."
"I support World Vasectomy Day to lower unplanned pregnancies’.
"I support World Vasectomy Day out of love for our children, their future and the future of our magnificent planet."
LETTER TO MEN
We have written up Ten Reasons why a person would support World Vasectomy Day and each one represents an important piece of a puzzle we’ve created to help transform what started as a single day event into a global movement.
I personally believe in each ‘reason’, but I want to make sure that everyone and anyone who decides to get his vasectomy, either during WVD or any point in the future, does so because it is the right choice for you.
For one, as much as making a difference in the world matters, getting a vasectomy is something you should choose only if it’s what you believe is in your best interests and that of your loved ones.
Yes, there are some men who might get swept up in the excitement of making history. I salute that passion, but we want to emphasize the importance of taking time to consider if no longer having children is exactly what you want now and, for all intents and purposes, forever. Even if ultimately it’s your decision, if you are in a relationship, talking it through with your partner is the right thing to do. Sharing your thoughts with trusted friends and family is also a smart choice, as is asking other couples who have chosen a vasectomy. Of course, you should take the time to find the best doctor for you.
Second, although there is the option of getting a reversal, let's be very clear; a reversal is more expensive than a vasectomy, it’s a much more complex procedure and most importantly, it’s not guaranteed to succeed. In other words, a vasectomy should be considered a temporary form of birth control.
Third, we know that we live in a world where 18 is considered old enough to kill or die for one's country and that as such, it’s valid to ask, why shouldn’t a man at that same age have the right to choose not to have children? The truth is there are men who might actually know at an early age that they don’t want children and are convinced that they’ll never change their minds. We can’t be the judge of that, but if you do get a vasectomy when you’re young and haven’t had any children, it's probably a good idea, if feasible, to consider freezing sperm. You might feel differently in the future.
Fourth, while getting a vasectomy may be exactly what a person is certain he wants, it might not be what a physician feels comfortable doing. This decision is not necessarily a moral judgment by that physician, but simply a reflection of what he or she believes is in the best interest of that patient. We don't question any choice a doctor makes about who should or shouldn’t be allowed to get a vasectomy. That’s something each vasectomist must decide on his or her own in consultation with their patient.
Fifth, and very important, although the vast majority of men who get their vasectomies are satisfied with the procedure and most of their female partners are grateful to no longer have to worry about taking responsibility for family planning, there is a small percentage of men who regret having their vasectomy. This may be due to changes in their lives, their family, their sexual experiences, or complications, including long-term pain.
Serious complications occur in about 1% of cases making it the least risky, not to mention, the most reliable, of family planning options, but if you suffer from pain, your pain is not a statistical anomaly, but a very real concern. We share this information because it’s critical each patient is fully informed about the procedure and the full range of consequences. Furthermore, we believe that continued research is needed and we support any and all efforts to do so.
Sixth, here’s another reality check. If you or your partner is non-monogamous, you will need to wear a condom. A vasectomy does not protect you or your partner from sexually transmitted diseases.
Seventh, one of the biggest concerns men have world wide is that getting a vasectomy will have an inverse effect on their capacity to give or get pleasure. The truth is, more often than not, we have found the opposite to be true - eliminating fear of pregnancy can actually improve your sex life!
Eighth, there are people, both men and women, who believe that a vasectomy ‘diminishes one's manhood”. We don’t see it that way. Being in charge of your fertility is powerful. Having a child you are not prepared to receive, or worse, not having the resources to provide for your children in a way that reflects your values, is the opposite of powerful.
Ninth, and perhaps most important of all, it is entirely your responsibility to choose the provider that is right for you. Although, there are no scientifically validated studies that correlate expertise with successful outcomes, there is no doubt that, as with all things in life, some vasectomy providers are better than others. And don't be fooled, just because a vasectomy is a relatively simply and quick procedure, it still requires high level skills. Again, we emphasize that at the end of the day, this is your body and you live with the consequences, so take the time to find the best provider for you.
In summary, and our tenth point of reflection, a vasectomy may not be right for every one, but for those who are certain they don’t want more children and are equally certain they’re going to remain sexually active with women who are still fertile, it’s the most secure option available. Regardless of whether you ultimately choose this option now, or in the future, we highly recommend that you take the time to consider it.
Remember, at the end of the day, vasectomy is about male choice so make the choice that’s right for you.
Jonathan Stack, Co-Founder
World Vasectomy Day