The annual report of government-endorsed family planning activity conducted by Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) revealed that men are still averse to opt for vasectomy as a method of contraception.
NMMC’s programme, where officials make door-to-door visits to talk about family planning, has failed to convince men to opt for permanent contraception. Even after NMMC set up a conservative target of 230 men to undergo vasectomy, only 16 opted for the surgery.
“There are preconceived notions that if a man is sterilized, it will have an adverse impact on his sexuality. Often, even if a male volunteers, their spouses oppose and volunteer to undergo the process themselves,” said an auxiliary nurse who went on the rounds. The numbers stated that the civic body, however, managed to get a better response from women. Around 3,179 women opted for tubular sterilization while 2,875 women took to implanting of Intrauterine Device (IUD) with an 83% and 95% success rate. Officials and experts, however, were very disappointed by the numbers. “The process of vasectomy is far easier and simpler than that of women’s sterilization. It is highly advised that men volunteer for the surgery as the recovery period is also short and, contrary to fears, there is absolutely no impact on their sexuality,” said Dr Bharati Morey, president, Navi Mumbai Obstetrics and Gynecological Society.
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