Friday, November 7, 2014

Snip, Snap, Get Fixed: It's World Vasectomy Day

Posted By on Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Melissa Amarello, Center for Biological Diversity
  • Melissa Amarello, Center for Biological Diversity

Uncomfortable for a bit, sure, but if you're in a committed relationship, you're done procreating and you're also tired of using birth control, well lovelies, consider the snip. Your dog lived, you can too, and evidently, you can celebrate today and learn more thanks to Tucson's Center for Biological Diversity.

The organization has teamed up with urologist Peter Burrows from the Arizona Center for Vasectomy and Urology to provide additional information, and they've put together a meme you can download and share in your social media platforms. Here's Burrows' website And go here for a World Vasectomy Day flyer and meme to download.

From the Center for Biological Diversity:

“Every day we add 227,000 people to an already crowded planet, and yet half the population is often left out of the conversation when it comes to how to solve the problem,” said Taralynn Reynolds, the Center’s population and sustainability organizer. “World Vasectomy Day and the participation of doctors like Peter Burrows is an important part of including more men in family planning conversations — as well as celebrating those who take an active role for the sake of their families and the planet.”

World Vasectomy Day was founded in 2013 by Jonathan Stack, an Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, and urologist Dr. Doug Stein in the hopes of raising awareness about vasectomy, increasing access to the procedure, and inspiring more men to become engaged as equal partners with women in the family planning conversation. Organizers hope to have 250 doctors in 30 countries complete 1,500 vasectomies today.

“I’m happy to be a part of World Vasectomy Day to help raise awareness about vasectomies as a safe and viable option for men whose families are complete,” said Dr. Burrows. “Whether they’re doing it for their families, for the planet or for other reasons, my patients are happy with the outcome.”

The Center is taking part in World Vasectomy Day today to highlight the importance of involving men in family planning to protect endangered species from runaway human population growth. In the past four decades, human population has nearly doubled while wildlife populations have plummeted.

“Human population growth and overconsumption are at the root of our most pressing environmental problems, including the species extinction crisis, habitat loss and climate change,” Reynolds said. “Scientists predict the human population could hit 12 billion by the end of this century. Men could play a key role in making sure that doesn’t happen with a vasectomy, a procedure that takes about 30 minutes but whose benefits last a lifetime.”

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