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Friday, August 29, 2003

My local paper has a column today about a man who recently underwent a vasectomy. He writes, "Some doctors make you bring in your spouse and go through 'the talk' to make sure you're sure."

As regular readers of this blog know, one of my recurring subjects is the notion that women thinking about abortion ought to get plenty of counseling beforehand, so that they have informed consent about all the risks.

However, the idea of informed consent and 24-hour-waiting-periods for women considering abortion is universally denounced by reproductive rights groups. The claim always is that by the time a woman walks into the abortion clinic, she has done all the thinking she is ever going to want or need to do.

When I read about the counseling that this man got to make sure he was sure about a vasectomy, it occurred to me that reams of information probably exist on vasectomy regret, vasectomy counseling, and risk factors for vasectomy regret.

Sure enough, if you enter "vasectomy counseling" into your search engine, you'll find a wealth of information on how to make sure that a man is truly ready for that irreversible snip...even though it isn't nearly as irreversible as an abortion, one might add.

Here's one example.

I note that one of the factors that put a man at risk of suffering from vasectomy regret is coming to the decision at a time of personal stress or crisis.


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