The NCAA basketball tournament and vasectomies: What do they have in common?

The answer might make you blush, but the ball is in your court.

If a vasectomy is in your family’s future, March is a great month to schedule. JRMC Urologist Dr. Robert Bates suggests to schedule the procedure during March. In addition, use the recovery to enjoy uninterrupted, guilt-free college basketball time.


The “madness” of the tourney tips-off on Tuesday, Mar. 19. JRMC encourages anyone to schedule their vasectomy procedure during the month of March.

“Vasectomies can be a sensitive topic. But, many fears are overblown,” Dr. Bates said.

  • How does a vasectomy work?  During a vasectomy, the two tubes (known as Vas Deferens) that carry sperm from the testes to the penis are cut. This prevents the sperm from continued travel and provides effective sterilization. The procedure should be considered permanent.
  • Will a vasectomy lower my testosterone level? Will it reduce my sex drive?  No. The body still produces seminal fluid and testosterone continues to be released directly into the bloodstream.
  • How long does the procedure take?  Less than 30 minutes. Dr. Bates uses a local anesthetic. And, the puncture heals naturally, without stitches.
  • How long will it take to recover?  Recovery time typically lasts two to three days. Patients are encouraged to stay home and take it easy. This ultimately provides a perfect opportunity to update your bracket. Physicians also recommend avoiding heavy lifting and exercise for at least five days.
  • How much does it hurt?  “Most patients are surprised at how minimal the pain is,” said MeLisa Roaldson said, urology nurse. Done under local anesthesia, the procedure itself is fairly painless.

“The most painful part is watching your team lose,” Dr. Bates said.

Schedule a vasectomy direct. Call JRMC Clinic at (701) 952-4878.


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