Ah, March Madness. It’s traditionally a time for basketball, beer drinking and . . . vasectomies.
That’s right. Many men choose to go under the knife just before the NCAA Tournament begins so they can recuperate on their couches and watch all the games guilt-free.
While the American Urological Association has no data showing a link between March Madness and an increase in vasectomies, individual doctors and clinics tell different story.
“A major clinic in Ohio reports it performs 40 or 50 more vasectomies a month before and during the 68-team basketball tourney,” according to CNN
. “‘We do have (in March) typically about 50% more vasectomies than in other months,’ said Dr. Ed Sabanegh, chairman of the Department of Urology at the Cleveland Clinic. ‘A lot of patients come in and say, “I have to have this during March Madness, you have to talk to my wife about it. Tell her what my limitations are and that I need to be on the couch.” They'll even tell us to exaggerate a little about how long it takes to recover.’”
Urology Associates of Cape Cod placed a cable ad for vasectomies during last season's NCAA basketball tournament to drum up business, according to CNN. "Want to watch college basketball guilt-free?" the announcer in the promotion asked. "Camp out on the couch for uninterrupted basketball."
The Cape Cod clinic gave away 41 coupons for free pizza to vasectomy patients last February and March as part of the promotion.
At Cleveland Clinic, the department of urology prepared this year by opening up extra appointments to handle the higher number of vasectomies, CNN reports.