Thursday, June 18, 2009

All the Vasectomy News That's Fit to Print

Since I'm a big fan about writing about vasectomies (hey! someone has to do it), I should point you to this week's USA Today column on the subject. It's kind of a good-news, bad-news kind of thing. The good news is that vasectomies seem to be on the rise, a consequence of the recession. (This isn't breaking news, but seeing it in USA Today does raise the profile.) The bad news is that the procedure is still under-used.

There are a lot of bad reasons why the procedure isn't all that common, and USA Today tries to bust those myths. Sadly, there's a lot of work to be done. In Home Game, the Michael Lewis book I talked about Monday, Lewis writes about his traumatic experience with a vasectomy. (It wasn't actually traumatic, but that didn't seens to squelch Lewis' sense of drama.)

So let me say again -- as a public service -- a vasectomy is not a procedure to get worked up about.

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