Study: Bad economy means more vasectomies

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Concerns about earning enough money as the country dipped into a recession took a serious toll on the babymaking business, according to a new study.

NPR reports the study, which got its data from the National Survey for Family Growth, showed that the number of men who had a vasectomy jumped by one-third from 2006 to 2010.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics officially reports the recession began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009. After it was over, men were less likely to be working full time, were making less money and were less likely to have health insurance, NPR reports.

Maybe it’s “provider” mindset that drove so many men to surgery — if they couldn’t comfortably provide for more kids, they wouldn’t have them.

Interestingly, there was no equivalent rise in the number of women who opted for tubal ligation surgery — or even birth control, the researchers found.

Overall, birth rates did decline about 4 percent from 2007 to 2009 in the U.S., according to the story.


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