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Economic worries may have spurred rise in vasectomies since recession
Economic worries may have spurred rise in vasectomies since recession

It started with an offhand comment from a urologist’s secretary: More men than usual were calling to discuss sterilization or to schedule a vasectomy. At that moment six years ago, Dr. Marc Goldstein and his colleague at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, wondered whether they were witnessing the contraceptive effects of a global economic downturn. Could financial pressures and the anticipated cost of raising additional children drive men to seek a permanent form of surgical birth control? Goldstein and his colleagues presented evidence at a meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine in Hawaii this week that seemed to confirm the impressions of many...

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