According to The New York Times, out-of-work fathers are lining up for vasectomies with the same fervor as for unemployment insurance. The Southern California Planned Parenthood has reported a 30 percent increase in vasectomies, while an Upper East Side doctor, Dr. Marc Goldstein, says the financial world's demise has sent herds of fired New Yorkers into his office, upping his usual monthly snip snip quota from six to nine.
“I’ve been in practice for 30 years, and I’ve never seen a spike like this,” Dr. Goldstein said. “Many of my clients work in finance and say they feel anxious about the expense of an added child.”
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As one frazzled, recently canned 30 year old told the Times: "I wanted to get this done before the insurance ran out." As if he was talking about a teeth-cleaning or check-up.
While we're thrilled as ever men are taking control of this whole reproductive problem (it's almost as good as the whispers of male birth control pills) one has to question why men are choosing sterilization over impermanent means of contraception like condoms. Doctors often tell the eager Fathers No More that vasectomies, while reversable, aren't an operation that should be done in haste.
Vasectomies are reversible, this is true, and while the initial treatment is pretty low maintenance—$500 to $1, 000 and twenty minutes—making a man fertile again is significantly more expensive with much less of a success rate.
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“Since I spend a lot of time reversing vasectomies, I initially try to talk my patients out of getting one,” says Dr. Harris Nagler, chairman of the Sol and Margaret Berger department of urology at Beth Israel hospital in Manhattan.
Oh brother, it seems like we can't accurately predict how the recession will permanently alter our sexy times. Here's what we do know: there's been a baby boom, prostitution is as yet unaffected, Buy-A-Bride agencies struggling, and cheating is down. Which of these changes will stick post-recession? Seems like only time will tell.