When money gets tight, men ... go under the knife? A new survey has found that vasectomy rates rose during the tough financial times of the U.S recession.
According to a new survey from researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, there was an increase in vasectomies if you compare the time period before 2007 to the time periof of 2007 to 2009, when the country was in the midst of a paralyzing recession. Researchers found that before the recession, 5.8 percent of men surveyed had had a vasectomy; while during the recession, 7.5 percent had. Even after results were adjusted for age, race, and financial status, researchers found a 35 percent increase in vasectomies before the recession and during. Researchers looked at data for 8,000 men ages 18 and over. The data, collected between 2006 and 2010, come from the federally funded National Survey for Family Growth.
So yes, the data show that more men had vasectomies during this time period, but how do researchers know that money woes were the cause? The fact that the rise in vasectomies was tied to the recession is due to more anecdotal evidence based on reports from urologists. The survey, which was presented at a meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Honolulu, found that men cited the cost of raising children in an uncertain job market as their reason for wanting a vasectomy.
Vasectomies have often been considered a cost-effective means of birth control compared to female sterilization and female contraception. But this was before the Affordable Care Act when it became law for insurers to cover both methods of female birth control, but not necessarily vasectomies. Time will tell during the next recession whether more men will personally opt out of fatherhood or choose to leave the birth control to their partners.
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