Vasectomy more common in a down economy?

According to a recent CNN article, vasectomies have been on the rise in the US during these more difficult economic times. Check out this quote from the article:

“I have never seen anything like this,” said Goldstein, a urologist for the last 30 years. “When things started to go south in the stock market, then the vasectomy consults went north.”

Some experts quoted in the article said that patients had expressed concern that they were, or thought they might, lose their jobs – and thus their health insurance – and therefore decided to get the vasectomy done now while they still were insured. After all, as the doctors pointed out, a vasectomy is typically a procedure that men have considered for a long time before deciding to get it.

What is a vasectomy?

Vasectomy is considered a permanent method of birth control as it cannot always be “reversed”. Vasectomy is usually a less expensive and less risky form of surgical birth control compared to tubal ligation (which is done for women). In vasectomy, a man’s vas deferens are cut, clamped or sealed to prevent sperm from making their way out from a man’s testes into the rest of his ejaculate. Since sperm make up so little of the volume of a man’s semen, it doesn’t change the volume of ejaculate in any noticeable way.

Does vasectomy change how sex feels?

The vast majority of men who have vasectomy either experience no change in their sexual function (e.g., erections, ejaculation, sexual satisaction) – and some even report that sex is better after having a vasectomy. Better? Yes – better. Some men find that when they are no longer worried that they will get their partner pregnant, they find that sex is less stressful - and without the stress, their erections are more firm and more reliable, and they generally have a better experience with sex.

To read the full CNN article, click here. To learn more about vasectomy, visit WebMD.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at