Urologists report extreme uptick in requests for vasectomies in wake of overturning of Roe

The Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health which resulted in the overturning of Roe v. Wade has already sparked a number of unintended consequences that could have drastic effects on the future of the United States.

According to the New York Post, even as barely a week or so has passed since the formal decision, an increasing number of men are rushing to their local urologists to have vasectomies — the procedure men can have to prevent reproduction. 

Reports indicate that the increase in procedures actually started ramping up roughly one month ago, shortly after the draft decision from SCOTUS that stated the high court was set on overturning Roe was leaked to the press.

“Very, very noticeable”

Doctors specializing in the procedure from around the country told the Post that they noticed extreme upticks in vasectomy requests, not only after the leaked draft, but on the day when SCOTUS made the controversial decision official.

“It was very, very noticeable Friday, and then the number that came in over the weekend was huge and the number that is still coming in far exceeds what we have experienced in the past,” said Doug Stein, a Florida urologist known as the “Vasectomy King.”

“Quite honestly, I did not expect to have such a dramatic increase after the ruling,” said Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger, director of urology at New York Urology Specialists.

He added: “I think that raised awareness about vasectomies as one of the options for permanent contraception and that led a lot of men and couples to seek them.”

Dr. Shteynshlyuger said that in a typical month his office receives roughly 60 requests for the procedure. But in the wake of the SCOTUS ruling, his office saw 72 requests in only 10 days.

Warnings issued

The procedure, while relatively easy compared to other procedures, is quite serious, which is what Dr. Christian Hettinger, a urologist at Kansas City Urology Care, explained during a local news segment, according to the Washington Examiner.

“It should be viewed as a permanent form of sterilization,” the doctor said, adding, “It’s not something that’s a good temporary fix, if you will.”

He added: “It’s not something I would plan to have done and then reversed in the future.”

Dr. Hettinger reported a similar extreme uptick in calls to his office about having the procedure, going from three phone calls per weekend to over 50.

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