Story: Contraception and sterilisation

Vasectomy

Vasectomy

Whāngārei urologist Tom Nixon, pictured in 2005, plays on the common male perception of a vasectomy, also known as 'the snip' or the 'unkindest cut'. The 20-minute procedure is actually very simple and painless, using a local anaesthetic. Afterwards there is some discomfort, swelling and bruising for a few days. New Zealand has very high vasectomy rates – in 2007, 18% of all men had had the procedure, including 25% of married men and 55% of 40–49-year-olds.

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Jane Tolerton, 'Contraception and sterilisation - IUDs and sterilisation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/26993/vasectomy (accessed 4 August 2020)

Story by Jane Tolerton, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 7 Dec 2018