If you're a father, and you don't want to be one again, what do you do?
Hundreds of thousands of American men will decide to have a vasectomy this year, and many of them will schedule it in the next few weeks.
"The weekend of the Masters golf tournament is hard to get an appointment. The weekend of the Final Four is hard to get an appointment. Anytime the NCAA tournament starts those weekends are usually pretty busy. Some urologists across the nation will even offer pizzas with their vasectomy. So it's a common time to have it done," said Dr. Tim Langford, a Little Rock urologist who typically performs at least one vasectomy a week. A vasectomy is an out patient procedure to sterilize men. Dr. Langford says, initially, men are a little squeamish when it comes to cutting in that particular region.
"Most guys, I'll be honest with you. Their wife made their appointment. Their wife made sure they got there for their appointment. But when we sit down and talk and they hear this is safe. Their significant other may not have to take birth control pills, which have side effects. They become very engaged that they're doing something, not just for the couple, but they're helping their wives in a way also," he said.
In fact, the procedure typically takes less than 30 minutes, and it's not as bad as it sounds.
"Now, there's even what we call a minimally invasive technique, where we don't even make an incision, we just make a little stab in the skin. And for guys who have needle phobias, we even have a local anesthetic that puts that anesthetic in without even a needle," Dr. Langford said.
Afterwards, there's the reclining on the couch, for basketball, golf, or whatever. And the pain? Take it from Bill Joseph of Conway, a satisfied customer.
"Really none. You need some ice for swelling but as far as pain, just a little Tylenol maybe. It was really nothing to it," he said.
Dr. Langford says men can return to normal activity in five or six days. A vasectomy is not 100% effective. But it's close. About one in 2,000 don't work, and complications are rare.