What do March Madness and vasectomies have in common?

One wouldn’t think March Madness basketball and the ultimate male birth control method would have anything in common. But a clinic in Oregon that either badly wants attention or is sincerely worried about men’s health issues thinks March Madness time is a perfect excuse to get a …vasectomy.

According to the clinic’s radio ad: "When March Madness approaches you need an excuse ... to stay at home in front of the big screen. Get your vasectomy at Oregon Urology Institute the day before the tournament starts. It's snip city." Ouch.  Honestly, if you want to hear the ad click here. 

The ad goes on to say: "Research shows four out of five guys want to schedule their vasectomy before a major sports event."  Where do they research that?  Anyway, clinic’s ad promises to send each patient a recovery kit of sports magazines, free pizza delivery and a bag of frozen peas (don’t’ ask,  but peas are more malleable than say huge chunk of ice). 

The ad, however offbeat, is working.  The clinic reports it has filled 15 of its available 24 slots.  That is to say the doctors will do 12 patients on March 19, the day before the first tipoffs of the NCAA Tournament, and another dozen for March 26, before the tournament's second week, according to RegisterGuard.com.

"Most guys bounce back in a couple of days," says Dr. Brady Walker, one of the institute's doctors told the RegisterGuard.com. "Unfortunately, some stay down longer." Say, from Thursday, March 20, to Sunday, March 23, the length of the first two rounds of the tournament.

Frankly, the procedure makes sense and shouldn't be decided upon lightly. "It's the most cost-effective way for permanent sterility and is easier for the man than a tubal would be for his wife," Walker said. "It requires only a local anesthetic."

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