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Is The Recession Increasing Vasectomy Rates?

Is The Recession Increasing Vasectomy Rates?Let’s face it, the worldwide recession is bad news for everyone. It’s hard to imagine the hardship being faced when a two-income household suddenly loses one of those pay checks. As it turns out, it’s not only parents who are making tough decisions, but expectant parents as well.
In a recent article online, it was stated that abortion and vasectomy rates are increasing. The blame is being placed squarely on the economic recession. In fact, urologist Dr. Stephen Jones, in speaking about women seeking abortions, was quoted as saying, “Several articulated very forcefully that the economy was the motive.”

This is indeed a sad state of affairs. It is almost inconceivable that anyone should be forced into making these tough decisions. According to Planned Parenthood, a record number of abortions were performed in January, although they didn’t provide the figures.

Dr. Jones also said that the majority of men seeking vasectomies were doing so for economic reasons. In fact the amount he performs per month has moved up form roughly 45 to over 70.

Is it possible though that things are not as dire as this article suggests? A counter article found on was written in direct response to these reports. It first points out that in a blog post by U.S. News & World Report there was the suggestion that there may be something of a baby boom thanks to the recession.

Blogger Kimberly Palmer made reference to a study done by the National Bureau of Economic Research, which said that fertility tends to increase with the unemployment rate. She suggested that this might be due to the fact that “…when people are laid off or under-employed, they see it as an opportunity to have more children because they have more time.”

I’m actually more inclined to believe that most people would hold off on having children during such periods.If there is data to support these statements however, I guess it’s tough to argue with that. The suggestion that more men are choosing to have surgery rather than choose other methods of protection does strike me as a bit implausible. At any rate, whatever the situation, I hope nobody makes a decision without careful thought. Remember,we can’t say when, but things are bound to improve at some point.

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