Vasectomy Recovery: Why March Is a Popular Time?

A vasectomy is considered a permanent male birth control with a ninety-nine percent success rate as a method of contraception to prevent pregnancy. The vasectomy procedure takes around 20 to 30 minutes and requires a couple of day's rest while the swelling goes down and things return to normal. The best vasectomy recovery position to adopt is either staying in bed or lying on the couch- depending on which room the TV is located in. While patients experience more pain when watching their favorite sports team lose, watching their favorite sports team win is a great form of pain relief from a vasectomy procedure.

Vasectomy Recovery: Why March Is a Popular Time?


Around 10 years ago, a urology clinic in Oregon set out to promote its services. It determined the best time to schedule a vasectomy would be during a major men’s sporting event. This was because of the large captive audience. March was the best month for this campaign as there are numerous high-profile sporting events for viewing.

Patients put two and two together. They could schedule their procedure and have some recovery time while enjoying their favorite sporting events in March.

After hearing about the urology clinics' success with the campaign, other urologists across the country started to advertise the same way. The trend became self-fulfilling and the legend of vasectomy madness in March was born.

More than 500,000 men in the United States get vasectomies every year. This quick and simple procedure takes about 20 minutes and is done under local anesthesia. During the scalpel vasectomy, the doctor cuts the vas deferens, the tubes that carry sperm. After the procedure, sperm is reabsorbed into the body.


The director, Dr. Thomas Walsh, of the UW Medicine Men’s Health Center in Seattle, was unconvinced that March Madness had anything to do with the timing of one's vasectomy. He began compiling statistics.

He reviewed the period 2007 – 2013 and determined that during that time frame, most vasectomies were done in December, followed by March. Doctors don’t often believe in large-scale medical coincidences.

December simply indicated health insurance members using up their annual benefit allotments. Meanwhile, the data for March indicated a correlation between the NCAA basketball tournament and vasectomies.

It appears that more men schedule vasectomies in March based on sports rather than based on familial imperatives.

The Healing Power of Watching Sports

Brave recovering patients nestle themselves in front of the TV around this time of the year. After the procedure, you'll need to rest with an ice pack for 24 hours and avoid strenuous activity. Therefore, patients can benefit from the post-vasectomy healing power that watching high-profile sporting events has to offer.

Basketball: NCAA Tournament

Watching the NCAA college basketball tournament in March is a great way to recover from a vasectomy. This will give you enough time to enjoy all of the madness before returning to work.

Golf: The Masters

The golf tournament starts on a Monday and ends on Sunday in April 2022. Savvy patients will schedule their vasectomy procedures for an extended weekend.

Tennis: U.S. Open

Week two is the better time for the snip as the tournament heats up with the quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals. The body should have recovered enough to cope with the strain of watching the finals come Saturday and Sunday.

Holistic Vasectomy Recovery

While doctors encourage activity as patients’ bodies and minds start to recover, one of the best activities beforehand is binge-watching TV. In between sporting events, patients can soothe themselves with quick dips into Netflix or Amazon Prime. Binge-watching has a positive mental effect on patients obliged to abstain from sex for a few days.

But don't forget, you should still use contraception until a sperm count analysis is done and it is confirmed that there is no sperm in your semen.


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