Looking for men to sign up for a vasectomy on World Vasectomy Day

17/10/2014 - 17:05

World Vasectomy Day is asking men whose families are complete to sign up for vasectomies on Nov. 7, 2014. The World Vasectomy Day goal is to inspire 250 doctors in 30 countries to perform 1,500 vasectomies in 24 hours.

In 2013, 100 physicians in 25 countries did 1,000 vasectomies for the first World Vasectomy Day, which was headquartered in Australia. "In helping to shoulder responsibility for family planning, men become heroes to their partners, to their families and to our future," says World Vasectomy Day co-founder Jonathan Stack.

World Vasectomy Day organizers are working with the world's leading practitioners to provide free, discounted or low-cost, high-quality vasectomies, although each practitioner will set his or her own pricing. Physicians sign up on the website http://worldvasectomyday.org/.

In the U.S., World Vasectomy Day will be headquartered in Florida at Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando's new Kissimmee Health Center, 610 Oak Commons Blvd., Kissimmee, FL 34741. Urologist Doug Stein, M.D., World Vasectomy Day co-founder, is offering 25 men the chance to get their vasectomies done free of charge. Men may register on Stein's website: www.vasweb.com.

Our vasectomy-athon will be live-streamed on the World Vasectomy Day website and will include feeds from many participating doctors, interviews with family planning leaders, and live vasectomies from around the world.

World Vasectomy Day partners include Marie Stopes International, a London-based nonprofit family planning organization operating in 37 countries and several Planned Parenthood affiliates.

Currently, about half (51%) of the 6.6 million pregnancies in the United States each year (3.4 million) are unintended. Roughly four in 10 pregnancies worldwide are unintended. The average woman spends about five years pregnant, postpartum or trying to become pregnant, and three decades-more than three-quarters of her reproductive life-trying to avoid an unintended pregnancy.

Dr. Doug Stein, one of the world's most prolific providers with over 33,000 vasectomies completed and co founder of WVD, has traveled to Kenya, Haiti and the Philippines on vasectomy missions. "My inspiration are men like George Mbogah, a 38-year old Kenyan father of two, who scraped together enough money for a 20-hour bus trip for his vasectomy," Stein says. "George told me, 'I don't want my wife to suffer another painful pregnancy, nor my children to suffer the bitter taste of poverty.' I was inspired to bring this opportunity to others."

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 33,000 vasectomies. www.worldvasectomyday.org


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