Men doing vasectomy on camera

Demand for vasectomy has surged since Roe v. Wade was overturned in July, and men have taken to TikTok to share their experiences of getting the procedure.

Some are surprisingly documenting their reactions during the process.

A vasectomy is a form of male birth control that cuts off the supply of sperm in the semen. It’s done by cutting and sealing the tubes that carry sperm to prevent pregnancy, and is 99% effective, according to the Mayo Clinic.

With women no longer able to safely obtain abortions in some parts of the US, doctors have reported an increase in male sniping procedures.

There are 522.5 million videos using the hashtag #vasectomy — many men filming themselves throughout the procedure and some encouraging other guys to do the same and trying to dispel any misinformation.

“One of the things that amazes me is the amount of misconceptions about vasectomy,” Texas-based comedian Keith Lau told Health. “I still have my testicles. I can still ejaculate. I don’t have low testosterone.”

With more than 3.2 million views on the now-viral TikTok, Laue said the process “only took 10 to 15 minutes, so it wasn’t that bad” and said the entire process was “super easy” from start to finish.

The 23-year-old told the publication that she and her partner already had one child and knew they didn’t want another, deciding a vasectomy would be the most cost-effective option available to them.

“The road blocks were less than Taylor for me [my partner] who was previously on birth control,” he said. “But also, it’s not Taylor’s only responsibility to take care of birth control.”

There are over 522 million videos using the hashtag #vasectomy.
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Men are taking to TikTok to share their vasectomy experiences.
Men are taking to TikTok to share their vasectomy experiences.
Thousands of users are thanking men for being transparent and honest about the process.
Thousands of users are thanking men for their transparency and honesty about the process.

Urologists recently told the Washington Post that they’ve seen an increase in interest in vasectomy since the Supreme Court’s decision, with 60% to 70% of men citing it as the main reason they undergo the procedure.

Dr. Philip Worthman, a Los Angeles urologist, told the publication that he has seen a “300 to 400 percent” increase in the number of vasectomy consultations. Dr. Esgar Guarin, an Iowa-based urologist, claims a “200 to 250%” increase in traffic to his website.

Lau isn’t the only one sharing their stories on TikTok. Mike Pridgen, 28, also videotaped his surgery and posted it online with a vote of confidence.

“I’ve had a tooth filling with more hassle than this,” he declared in the video, which has been viewed 2.8 million times.

“It’s not nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.”

“It was an easy procedure,” Ernest Quicho, father of three, said in his own vasectomy video. “I’ll do it again.”

Thousands of people have commented on the videos, thanking the men for sharing their stories.

“Thank you for showing other men how easy it is,” commented one user.

“Every time I argue with a man about how easy it is, I’m going to show them,” said another.

“I got one too, it’s very painless and the recovery was very fast. It’s 100% worth it,” another commented.

According to Planned Parenthood, there are two types of vasectomies: the incision method and the no-scalpel (no-cut) method.

Cutless methods reportedly reduce the risk of infection and other complications and generally take less time to heal.

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