Vasectomies Climb as the Economy Declines
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Rates of vasectomies increased from 2007–2009, coinciding with the Great Recession, reports research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s 70th Annual Meeting. Researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College analyzed data from the National Survey for Family Growth (NSFG), a phone survey of over 10,000 men in the U.S. between 2006–2010. Prior to the recession, 3.9% of men reported having had a vasectomy vs. 4.4% following the recession. It is estimated that half a million more vasectomies were performed during the recession; after the recession, men were more likely to have a lower income, less likely to be employed full-time, and lack health insurance compared to before the recession. No changes were seen in the proportion of men expressing a desire to have more children, but following the recession men were more likely to respond that they were planning on having fewer children than those interviewed before the recession. This increase in vasectomies points to the role of economics when it comes to family planning, in both the immediate present and long-term future.
As money dwindles in a society, so too do the babies. Babies, notoriously expensive bundles of joy that they are, are a big investment, one that a lot of people can little afford to make during a recession. And so the storks, with fewer babies to deliver, also fall on hard times, and so on. Researchers from Cornell Weill Medical College presented their study at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine's annual meeting.
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