The demand for vasectomies has increased since Roe v. Wade had an annulment in July, and the men are taking to TikTok to share their experiences with the procedure.
Some are even amazingly documenting their reactions during the process itself.
A vasectomy is a form of male birth control that cuts off the supply of sperm in the semen. It is done by cutting and sealing the tubes that carry sperm to prevent pregnancy, and according to the Mayo Clinic it is 99% effective.
Because women in some parts of America can no longer access abortion safely, doctors have reported an increase in the male cutting procedure.
There are 522.5 million videos using the hashtag #vasectomy, with many men filming themselves going through the procedure and some encouraging other guys to do the same and trying to dispel any misinformation.
“One of the things that surprised me is how many misconceptions there are about vasectomies,” Texas comedian Keith Laue told Health. “I still have my testicles. I can still ejaculate. I don’t have low testosterone.”
In a now-viral TikTok that has been viewed more than 3.2 million times, Laue said the procedure only took “10 to 15 minutes, so it wasn’t that bad” and said the whole process from start to finish it was “super easy”.
The 23-year-old told the publication that since he and his partner already had one child and knew they didn’t want another, deciding on a vasectomy would be the most cost-effective option available to them.
“The roadblocks were significantly less for me than Taylor [my partner] who had been on birth control before,” she said. “But also, it’s not just Taylor’s responsibility to take care of birth control.”
Urologists recently told the Washington Post that they’ve seen an increase in interest in vasectomies since the Supreme Court’s decision, with 60 percent to 70 percent of men who had the procedure citing it as the main reason for obtaining the procedure.
Dr. Philip Werthman, a Los Angeles urologist, told the publication that he has seen a “300 to 400 percent” increase in the number of vasectomy consultations he has performed. Dr. Esgar Guarín, a urologist based in Iowa, claimed a “200 to 250%” increase in traffic to his website.
Laue is not the only one who has shared his story on TikTok. Mike Pridgen, 28, also filmed his surgery and posted it online with a vote of confidence.
“I’ve had fillings that hurt more than this,” he proclaimed in the video, which has been viewed 2.8 million times.
“This isn’t as bad as I thought it would be.”
“It was an easy procedure,” father-of-three Ernest Quiocho said in his own vasectomy video. “I would do it again.”
Thousands of people have commented on the videos, thanking the men for sharing their stories.
“THANK YOU for showing other men how easy it is,” commented one user.
“Every time I argue with a man about how easy this is, I’ll show him,” said another.
“I have one too, it’s pretty painless and the recovery was very quick. It’s 100% worth it,” commented another.
According to Planned Parenthood, there are two types of vasectomies: the incision method and the no-scalpel (no cut) method.
Cutless methods reportedly reduce the risk of infection and other complications and generally take less time to heal.