Men’s sexual health: Men weigh in on vasectomies
A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure to prevent sperm from reaching ejaculated semen from the penis. Health officials say it is one of the most effective birth control methods.
Although sperm will still exist after the procedure, there will be no sperm in it.
In the United States, approximately 500,000 men undergo vasectomy each year.
We reached out to a few Caribbean men to get their thoughts on the procedure, here’s some of what they had to say.
Dexter, 42 years old – Trinidad and Tobago
I have six children and I want more so I’m not cutting anything. I take care of my children…
Dave, 39 years old – Antigua and Barbuda
Vasectomy? No Madam! Have you ever seen Botched? Do you know what it’s like to get bogged down there? I don’t risk it. If she doesn’t want to have children, she will do what she has to do because….
Roger, 59 years old – Trinidad and Tobago
It will only be used for what it should be used for. Why tamper with something that doesn’t need… fixing? There are many other birth control options out there, so don’t miss out, I have never consented and never will consent to anything like this. She could be on pills or she could be…fixed. Not me, no thanks!
Joe, 28- Dominica
The Bible says be fruitful and therefore multiply just for me to disobey that then? If a woman I’m blocking gets pregnant, we’ll deal with it because I don’t have a vasectomy and she’s not on birth control, those things aren’t good.
Nathaniel, 42 years old – Grenada
I do not do it !
Raymond, 56 – Grenadian living in the UK
I was 20 when my son was born. The year he turned five, his mother and I broke up and she made it very difficult for me to see him. As much as I love my son, this experience hurt me, I was very discouraged and bitter. I will not see this again. Relationships start out nice and slow, you think it will last forever, but it doesn’t and either the kids suffer or the man suffers. So yeah, that’s why I had a vasectomy and I have no regrets. The actual procedure was not at all what I expected. There was no pain and just a few days of discomfort after… it’s been years and it still works great, if you know what I mean…
Darren, 35 – Trinidad and Tobago
Nothing will be cut here. I don’t want kids, ever, so I’m doing my part to make sure I don’t have any. If a friend of mine is spending the night at home, he always has a plan B before he leaves. If they don’t take it and the worst happens, it’s on them. I did my part. Vasectomy nothing!
Phillip, 42 – Guyanese living in Canada
It’s funny you asked that. Not ha ha funny, but you know what I mean. I had a vasectomy about 6 years ago. At the time, I was married to my job and didn’t want to risk having a child that I just wasn’t ready or willing to be there for. I’m engaged now, and my fiancé has no idea. My stance hasn’t changed, I still don’t really want kids but I haven’t told him.
Ted, 42 years old – Trinidad and Tobago
As young people we both dreamed of having a big family, but with the economy, which it is and getting worse by the day… There is no way to comfortably support more than that. ‘children. We have a daughter. When we first started discussing more permanent birth control, the initial idea was for my wife to have her tubes tied, but it was extremely difficult to convince the medical professionals to do this, since she was so young. and had only one child. She was told she would need my permission…my wife is a feminist so you can imagine how it went…Anyway, only after getting similar responses in three institutions that we started looking for alternatives. I’m glad it worked out that way because compared to tubal ligation, a vasectomy is a walk in the park. It is a simpler procedure.
Julian, 32 – Jamaican living in the United States
I’ve never done any research or anything, but I can’t see myself ever going for a vasectomy. Maybe it’s because of my Jamaican upbringing, but even though I don’t want kids, I don’t want to interfere with anything that might affect my manhood. There are other methods of birth control, aren’t there? Let’s try these…
Samuel, 40 – Trinidadian living in the Bahamas
I was the third of 14 children and I knew very early that I never wanted children of my own. I did the procedure when I was 26, no questions asked. In the Caribbean, we need to rethink our archaic approach to contraception and reproductive health. You didn’t ask for this, but I share anyway… My sister had her seventh child when she was 42, but her request to have her tubes tied was denied. Think about it, it’s a woman’s responsibility to protect herself properly, from pregnancy and everything else… A man could have a vasectomy, with very few questions asked, but a woman who asks to have her ligated the tubes are given a list of reasons why she shouldn’t AND she is also told that she needs to get her husband’s permission. When my sister told me I was floored. I’ve since learned that it’s quite common, at least in Trinidad. Imagine a grown woman having to get PERMISSION from her husband to do something to HER body. Madness!
Nick, 24 – Trinidadian living in the United States
They call me the Trini Nick Cannon, that should answer your question…