As America grapples with a crackdown on abortion and a looming financial crisis, more young men are turning to vasectomies – and filming it for TikTok.
Demand for vasectomies appears to have shot up dramatically in every corner of the US since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in July, which guaranteed a woman the right to an abortion, The Sun reports.
For most people, getting “the snip” is a decision you make in later life.
It refers to male sterilisation and it cuts or seals the tubes that carry a man’s sperm to permanently prevent pregnancy.
Many men go for this option when they don’t want any more kids – as it’s 99 per cent effective.
But an increasingly turbulent post-Covid economy and a clampdown on women’s rights means a growing number of young men are turning to clinics for different reasons – and sharing their experiences online.
TikTok videos with the hashtag #vasectomy have been viewed more than 500 million times, and the hashtag #snipsniphooray viewed more than 20 million times.
As well as men filming themselves having the op, videos from the last few months show women making thoughtful care packages for their partners while they recover.
Even on Tinder, mentions of “vasectomy” in dating profiles surged this year by more than five times compared to last year, a spokeswoman for the dating platform told The New York Times.
And demand for the procedure itself has skyrocketed, particularly in the US, with many medical staff overwhelmed and unprepared for the level of interest.
A doctor in Iowa who normally carries out 40 to 50 vasectomies each month was on track to do 100 in July after the Roe v. Wade decision.
“I’m normally scheduled out for two to four weeks. Now, I’m scheduled out for three months” Dr Charles Monteith, medical director of a clinic in North Carolina, told Vice News.
“We have seen a dramatic increase in inquiries and contacts through our website and calls.”
In Alabama and Texas – two states that have brought in draconian abortion laws since the Supreme Court ruling – medics said there has been a “crazy” rise in vasectomy appointments and weekly calls have doubled.
And it’s not just happening in states where new abortion laws have been introduced – doctors in New York said business has tripled since July.
Men without children are also inquiring about vasectomies as a method of contraception in the post-Roe world, while others are having the snip as more and more people make a conscious decision not to have kids.
With just one child, Keith Laue, 23, made the decision to have “the snip”.
He and his partner Taylor Ribar said they felt disempowered by laws which were being bought in, in their home state in Texas.
In the summer of 2021, the state banned abortions as early as the first six weeks of pregnancy.
The couple knew they didn’t want another child, and decided that a vasectomy would be the most cost effective option available to them.
He explained that the cost of contraception had been a roadblock for the couple, and said it shouldn’t just be his partner’s responsibility to take care of birth control.
“It felt like almost immediately afterwards, maybe two or three weeks later, Roe was overturned. And I was even more glad I did it,” he told Health.
“I don’t have anymore anxiety now around having a healthy sex life, and that’s a really nice feeling.”
And now Keith is sharing his journey on TikTok in order to help other men who might be considering the procedure.
He added: “I’m really thankful for the traction my video has gotten. But I don’t think it’s fair that it took overturning a woman’s reproductive rights for this subject to get attention.”
The full-time TikTok influencer said vasectomies aren’t talked about very much when it comes to the conversation on contraceptives and birth control – and he wants to change that.
How does the procedure work?
Surprisingly, the life-changing operation can be carried out in just 15 minutes.
The procedure is typically carried out under local anaesthetic, so is often relatively painless.
There are two ways to carry out a vasectomy, using the conventional or the no-scalpel method.
The conventional vasectomy involves making two 1cm long incisions in the scrotum using a surgical knife.
This allows the surgeon to remove a small section from the tubes linking the testicles and the penis, which are then tied or sealed shut.
Medical professionals often use dissolvable stitches to close the incision.
The second method is no-scalpel vasectomy, which is typically carried out under local anaesthetic.
During the operation, surgeons puncture a small hole in the skin of the scrotum, which allows them to access the same tubes without using a scalpel.
After the passage is closed, the puncture is closed in the same way as a conventional vasectomy.
Patients that have had the sterilisation surgery are often able to return to work one or two days after getting it done.
This story was originally published in The Sun and was reproduced here with permission.
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