(HealthDay News) – Men considering a vasectomy after the financial crisis in 2008 had significantly fewer children compared with men considering the procedure before the crisis, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, held from Oct. 12–17 in Boston.
Anand Shridharani, MD, from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, and colleagues reviewed data on 83 men who underwent a vasectomy consultation from June 2005–October 2012, divided into the period before and after the stock market collapse in the fall of 2008.
The researchers found that men seen after the stock market collapse had significantly fewer children (2.3 vs. 3.1). There were no significant differences in the men before and after the collapse in terms of age, partner age, and the proportion married.
“The men presenting for vasectomy consultation since the fall of 2008 have fewer children than the period prior to it,” Shridharani and colleagues conclude. “We believe this information suggests a direct relation to the economic status of the community.”