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World Vasectomy Day Encourages Men to Cut … The Population

World Vasectomy Day Encourages Men to Cut … The Population

October 18th, believe it or not, is World Vasectomy Day.

According to the holiday’s designated website, World Vasectomy Day (WVD) is the “largest male-oriented global family planning event ever. The goal is to have 1,000 vasectomies performed across 25 countries in 24 hours.*”

This event, which includes live screenings of the 15-minute procedure and other such publicity methods that may seem a bit shocking to some, is in fact a noteworthy cause intended to demystify this (minor) surgical procedure and educate people about the benefits of vasectomies. WVD was organized in part to raise awareness about a man’s ability to reduce the global population boom and participate (beyond the use of condoms) in the birth control process. (Although this procedure can be reversed, it should not be thought of as a temporary birth control option.)

The global human population is now estimated to be over SEVEN BILLION and is expected to reach eight billion as soon as 2025. [1] There are also an estimated 153 million orphans living in the world today. [2] When we look at the overpopulation issues we are now facing and the number of children already in need of a family, many serious questions loom before us:

  • What responsibility does each of us have to slow the population growth?
  • If you do wish to be a parent, should you help take care of the children already on this planet before you biologically reproduce?
  • In this day and age, is choosing NOT to have a biological child in fact less selfish than choosing to have a biological child?

In their letter to men, WVD organizers state: “…making a difference in the world today and [for] the wellbeing of the planet in the future, getting a vasectomy is something you should choose, only if it’s right for you… We might all have different reasons for getting a vasectomy, but at the end of the day, for the vast majority of people the procedure puts us in a place of self-empowerment for our fertility and our fatherhood.”

This is a serious decision for any man to make and not something to take lightly, but I hope that World Vasectomy Day will cause us all to think carefully about the issues this campaign is highlighting

*The registration period for this event is over.


To see the global population growing in real time check out this world clock.
To learn more about this event and the procedures being used on WVD, check out the holiday’s PDF.


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11:30PM PDT on May 13, 2015

agreed~ thank you!

4:32AM PDT on May 4, 2015

Thanks for sharing.

8:15AM PDT on Apr 15, 2015


8:18AM PDT on Apr 14, 2015


7:20AM PDT on Apr 12, 2015

Is there anything people won't name a day after?

1:11AM PDT on Mar 25, 2015

totally agree! earth is already over populated - we are consuming too much resources thus damaging the planet. And vasectomy is just a few minute procedure which will reduce the waste of condoms and lessen risk of cancer in women. My hubby would like to get vasectomy, too bad it's so expensive, they should make it at least partially covered by medical insurance. Of course, no one will support the idea of financing because government is interested in increase of population - bigger number of tax payers.

7:12PM PST on Feb 25, 2015


3:41PM PST on Feb 22, 2015

Fine if you want to do it, but I'm in the no camp.

6:59PM PST on Feb 15, 2015

Good idea. May have to implement this more in countries with prodigious copulation tendencies, perhaps creating financial incentives for men to choose this option.

10:00AM PST on Jan 5, 2015


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