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Cape Cod Clinic Offers Free Pizza With Vasectomy

Hemera/Thinkstock(BOSTON) -- With March Madness looming, a Cape Cod clinic is giving guys the perfect excuse to veg out on the couch: A vasectomy. They’ll even throw in a free pizza.

“This gives them an excuse to sit down, watch the game, eat some pizza,” said Evan Cohen, practice coordinator at the Urology Associates of Cape Cod, in an interview with ABC News. “If they relax, they’ll be better off and have a smaller risk of complications.”

The 10-minute surgical procedure severs the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles, acting as a permanent form of contraception. Men leave the clinic with instructions for their recovery and, until the NCAA finals on April 2, a coupon for Surf’s Up Pizza & Seafood.

“It’s kind of a touchy subject,” said Cohen, adding that most men know little about the procedure. “We’re trying to make it light so it’s easier to talk about.”

The promotion is fitting, given that March is the biggest month for vasectomies.

“We see about 100 consults in March, when we typically may only have 20 to 30″ in other months, said Cohen. Most men, he said, don’t want to waste the peak summer months recovering from surgery. “They want to get this kind of elective procedure done and out of the way before the season gets into full swing.”

After a vasectomy, a man is instructed to support his scrotum with a bandage or tight fitting underwear, ice the area, and avoid heavy lifting as well as sex, according to the Mayo Clinic. There is no official recommendation on pizza.

It might sound like a clever excuse for men to slack off during one of the biggest sporting events of the year. But Cohen said it’s usually women who make the appointments.

“Being on the pill, having your tubes tied, those carry costs and the risk of complications,” he said. “I had my vasectomy here, and my wife is the one who scheduled it.”

Cohen said he hopes the promotion pays off. But either way, he’s rooting for Kentucky.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Dr. Phil Regretted Vasectomy

Dr. Phil and his wife, Robin. Theo Wargo/WireImage for Turner(LOS ANGELES) -- When his wife Robin was pregnant with their son Jay, a 29-year-old Dr. Phil McGraw popped into a doctor friend’s office for a quick vasectomy. He described the procedure -- and the regret that followed -- in the latest issue of Newsweek.

“He didn’t have a nurse there, so I actually assisted him by handing him the instruments,” he said of the last-minute vasectomy, adding that it’s “painful when they kind of pull on it.”

A vasectomy is a permanent -- though reversible -- form of male birth control that cuts the tubes that carry sperm. McGraw,  the self-help guru who has come to be known as Dr. Phil, said having the procedure at such a young age was the biggest mistake he ever made.

“At that age I was a young lion, a doctor with a new practice,” he said. “I wasn’t focused on family.”

Although Robin agreed with the decision to have just one child, McGraw suspects it was because she was pregnant at the time and couldn’t look ahead.

“I always thought in our marriage, if we disagreed I would say, ‘How important is this to you on a scale from 1 to 10?’ On this she would have said 10,” he said.

Six years later, McGraw had a vasectomy reversal to reconnect the sperm-carrying vas deferens. Although the procedure is usually successful, some men remain unable to have more children.

After hobbling home, McGraw told his wife about the reversal.

“She jumps in my lap -- almost kills me, she’s so excited,” he said.

Six weeks later, Robin was pregnant with Jordan.

“He is one of the two greatest joys in our life. God, if I had missed that -- how dumb. I just shudder at how stupid I was,” he said.

McGraw and Robin have been married for 35 years. Their sons, Jay and Jordan, are now 30 and 23.

“I learned you don’t make life decisions on the spur of the moment, and you don’t make them alone,” he said. “I got a do-over on the biggest mistake of my life, and I am delighted that I did.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


March Madness Equals Increase in Vasectomies

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock (CLEVELAND) -- March isn't just madness for sports fans, it can be madness for doctors as well. Urologists say March is well known as the month to get a vasectomy.  As a matter of fact, vasectomies spike approximately 50 percent during this time of year, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Why now? The procedure takes less than a half-hour and patients can even drive themselves home. They are stuck on the couch as they are encouraged to stay off their feet for a few days and what better time to be pinned to a couch than during the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, otherwise known as March madness.

Doctors say March madness isn't the only reason men get vasectomies in March . Some men are taking advantage of spring break time off. Others are preparing for summer vacations, since a vasectomy takes a few months to take full effect.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Rwanda Plans Vasectomy Drive to Control Population

File Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(KIGALI, Rwanda) - In a move to control the country's population and help prevent the spread of HIV, the government of Rwanda plans to hold a vasectomy drive to encourage men to undergo the procedure, reports the BBC.

Although the government fears the campaign could be met with resistance, the country's health minister hopes 700,000 men will get a vasectomy in the next three years.

The move comes as the country's growing population, now at 10.2 million, threatens further damage to living standards. However, the government has been recommending vasectomies since 2008 as a way to help stem the spread of heterosexual HIV infection.

In addition to the vasectomy option, the government says it will also try to educate men about the importance of birth control.

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