Dear Male Readers:
Please help us figure out if this phenomenon is real:
Researchers gathered in Boston for a meeting of the International Federation of Fertility Societies and American Society for Reproductive Medicine were presented with this provocative but non-published nor peer-reviewed theory: the financial meltdown of 2008 (and the subsequent slow economic recovery) are driving more men to get vasectomies.From WebMD:
…researchers looked at the numbers of men having vasectomies at their facility in Wisconsin from June 2005 through October 2012. They also tracked the median income in Wisconsin during those years and the median U.S. income.
“We found as the median income for Wisconsin declined, the rate of vasectomies annually went up,” Dr. Anand Shridharani, a men’s reproductive and sexual health specialist at Erlanger Health System, in Knoxville, Tenn said. In 2005, 91 men had a vasectomy and the median state income was $54,269. In 2010, 239 men had a vasectomy and the income had dropped to $50,547.
“Comparing the number of vasectomies performed per year from 2005 to 2008 versus 2009 to 2012, the difference [an increase] is statistically significant,” Shridharani said.
“The suspected reason is that having an unexpected child would increase the cost of living,” he noted. “People are having children older, and older people are more in tune with what children cost,” Shridharani suggested… Continue reading