Thirty Countries to Participate in World Vasectomy Day, Nov. 7, 2014
Goal is to inspire doctors in 30 countries to perform as many vasectomies as possible in 24 hours
while launching global dialogue about men’s role in family planning
New York, NY, Sept. 3, 2014—Doctors in health clinics and medical offices around the globe will perform as many vasectomies as possible in one 24-hour period for World Vasectomy Day, Nov. 7, 2014. The second annual event is designed to heighten awareness of and dispel myths about vasectomy, increase access to the procedure, and to inspire more men to become engaged in the global family planning conversation, above all.
“World Vasectomy Day is not just about how many vasectomies are completed, but how many conversations are launched,” says Jonathan Stack, who created World Vasectomy Day after he struggled to understand his own resistance to having a vasectomy. “Engaging men in family planning is the right thing to do for yourself, for your family and for our future.”
Some 250 physicians in 30 countries are expected to perform roughly 1,500 vasectomies on Nov. 7. Stack, an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, and World Vasectomy Day co-founder, urologist Doug Stein, M.D., are working with leading practitioners globally to provide free, discounted or low-cost, high-quality vasectomies. They are also working with family planning organizations and the American Urological Assn.
To date, among some 30 countries with confirmed participation in the event are Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, England, Kenya, the Philippines, Poland, Rwanda, Spain, Thailand, Uganda and the United States. A countdown to World Vasectomy Day will begin on Oct. 7, 2014.
In the U.S., Stein and other providers will mark World Vasectomy Day by completing dozens of procedures during a “Vasectomy-athon” at a venue to be announced. Stein will offer the procedures at no cost. Participating providers are free to determine their own fee.
Stein, who has performed over 30,000 vasectomies, is driven by the concern that more than half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended. “Unplanned pregnancy is one of the greatest strains on people’s lives, and the source of so much social disruption in the U.S. and elsewhere. We believe that for men whose families are complete, a vasectomy is a great option.”
Last year, 100 physicians in 25 countries performed 1,000 vasectomies for the first World Vasectomy Day, which was headquartered at the Royal Institution in Australia, a national scientific nonprofit organization where the day’s vasectomy-athon was streamed live. A majority of the men deciding to have the procedure did it to ease the burden of family planning on their wives. “They tell us they felt it was time to step up,” Stack says.
Although most family planning specialists consider vasectomy the most effective permanent form of birth control available to men, there is still much resistance. Despite costing on average one-fifth as much as tubal ligation, not requiring general anesthesia or hospitalization, vasectomy is performed at less than half the rate of tubal ligation in the U.S. Worldwide, less than three percent of married women ages 15 to 49 rely on their partner’s vasectomy for contraception.
More information about World Vasectomy Day can be found at http://worldvasectomyday.org. An open letter to men considering vasectomy includes Ten Reasons to support World Vasectomy Day and concludes that while vasectomies may not be right for everyone, they can be a good option for men whose families are complete or who are certain they don’t want children, and who are certain they are going to be sexually active with women who are still fertile.
Media will be invited to cover some vasectomies live and interview consenting patients. For media questions, email Zan Dubin-Scott at email@example.com.
About World Vasectomy Day: The goal of World Vasectomy Day is to heighten awareness of and dispel myths about vasectomy, increase access to the procedure, particularly for the underserved, and to inspire more men to become engaged as equal partners with women in the global family planning conversation. The annual global observance, launched in 2013, is a project of World Vasectomy Day Services, a New York-based organization with nonprofit status pending. It was created by Jonathan Stack, an Emmy Award-winning and two-time Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker, and urologist Doug Stein, M.D., who has performed over 30,000 vasectomies. www.worldvasectomyday.org. Media: Zan Dubin-Scott at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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