The excitement surrounding March Madness typically conjures up visions of employees sneaking peeks at scores or taking extra-long lunches to catch the end of a game, but some men have found a loophole to score a few days at home on the couch: vasectomies.
Physicians have noted the uptick in appointments from men seeking the procedure around the start of the NCAA tournament, with some going so far as to promote the procedure as a way to catch the games on the couch without interruptions.
Three men who have jokingly billed themselves as the “vasca-teers,” can attest that the procedure isn’t as painful as some think, especially if you go through it with a friend. Paul Diaz, Basilio Santagelo and John Lambrecht are a group of Los Angeles-based dads who booked simultaneous appointments with Dr. Jesse Mills at UCLA Health.
“Men don’t really talk about health concerns together, and let alone something as intimate as saying, ‘I’m going to get a vasectomy. Hey you want to come along?’” Mills told Fox News.
But for the vasca-teers, it was different.
“If we’re all going to do it, might as well do it all together,” Santagelo told Fox News. “You know, make an experience out of it.”
Only one in 10 eligible men seek the procedure in the U.S., which is about half the rate in other countries like Canada and the U.K. The surgery is quicker, safer and has less recovery time than similar procedures offered for women.
Plus, the wives in the group were supportive of their decision.
“After we go through so much with delivering babies, it’s just a nice gesture to have a very mini procedure and have that taken care of,” Lisa Diaz, Paul’s wife, told Fox News.
Recovery time is typically two to three days of rest.