Vasectomies surge 34% in the Northwest in wake of Dobbs decision

Uganda Vasectomies
In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, health worker Sylvia Marettah Katende displays reproductive health products and information at a family planning exhibition in Kampala, Uganda. Over half of the world’s population growth between now and 2050 will take place in Africa and Uganda, a leader in taking on global health issues like AIDS, is turning to “champion men” to promote vasectomies in family planning. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera) Stephen Wandera/AP

Vasectomies surge 34% in the Northwest in wake of Dobbs decision

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Northwestern men are doing their part to evade unintended pregnancies, accounting for a 34% uptick in vasectomies since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, according to Planned Parenthood Northwest.

Roughly a dozen states have enacted near-total bans on abortion since the high court relegated increased power to regulate the controversial procedure back to the states. Officials at Planned Parenthood Northwest contend that many of the men undergoing vasectomies have been motivated by the high court decision.

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“Men are interested in learning about contraception and learning about a vasectomy. I think the change in our political climate brought ideas and motivations that were there but to the surface,” Grace Shih, director of vasectomy services with Planned Parenthood, said, per King5.

Planned Parenthood Northwest has operations in Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Idaho, Indiana, and Kentucky. Their reported spike in vasectomies comes in tandem with a torrent of other data points indicating that the procedure has been skyrocketing among men over the past six months following the overturn of Roe.

One doctor, known as the “Vasectomy King,” claimed back in June that his office went from fielding about four requests a day to between 12 to 18. Another doctor out of Missouri claimed there was a roughly 900% spike in calls about vasectomies within about a week shortly after the Supreme Court decision.

The procedure is safe and generally 99.8% effective, according to Shih. Due to the soaring demand, many Planned Parenthood clinics have opted to make the procedure free for patients.

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This increase comes as new research has found that the global sperm count average has decreased by over 50% in the last 49 years, fueling concerns about a fertility crisis.

Scientists have debated the underlying cause of the downturn but have underscored it coincides with a trend of humans repopulating at a lower clip than in the past.

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