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

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


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

Dr. Bates is a Harvard-trained urologist with years of experience. A urologist helps people with below-the-belt issues. Many times this is related to the bedroom and bathroom.

The “madness” of the tourney tips-off on Tuesday, Mar. 17.

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 providing effective sterilization. The procedure should be considered permanent.
  • Do vasectomies lower testosterone levels? Will it reduce sex drive?
    No, but the body still produces seminal fluid. Although, the fluid doesn’t exit the body.
  • How long does the procedure take?
    Forty-five minutes. Dr. Bates uses a local anesthetic and the punctures heal naturally, without stitches.
  • How long will it take to recover?
    Recovery time is typically two to three days. Patients are encouraged to stay home and take it easy. This ultimately provides a perfect opportunity to update your bracket during Vas Madness. 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, urology nurse. Done under local anesthesia, the procedure itself is fairly painless.

“The most painful part of this process could be at home, watching your team lose,” Dr. Bates said.

Learn more or to schedule a vasectomy direct, call JRMC (701) 952-4878.


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