Young Man’s Vasectomy Leads to Later Regrets: A Cautionary Tale

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About Arthur MacMaster

I live in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada with my wife Cynthia, daughter Sara; and a menagerie of 2 dogs, 2 cats 3 fish and a lobster. Quite chaotic at times!
I spend my paid time organizing the Search and Rescue teams in the Territory, and as much of my free time in the great outdoors that surrounds me.


  1. wellokaythen says:

    Very good, very honest, and sobering advice.

    The lesson I would draw is that if you are sure you want children, then there is a chance you’ll regret having a vasectomy. That makes total sense to me. I don’t know how you get a vasectomy when you want to have kids and not be resentful of your partner.

    In that situation, if you are thinking really deeply and completely about having a vasectomy, pros and cons and possible regrets and all that stuff you should consider, then you ought to consider the option of breaking up with that partner. Consider ALL the options fully. Don’t thoughtlessly stay with that partner while giving all your attention to the possibility of getting a vasectomy. Honestly evaluate your relationship as well as your reproductive choices.

    And, I’d also say you can’t live your life in total fear of every possible regret. Regret isn’t the end of the world. It can be massive and debilitating or minor and “what if…?”

  2. Planning is key. One thing to remember frozen semen can be stored for as long as 50 years without additional sperm deterioration beyond that caused by the original freezing process. There is an annual maintenance fee but it is very affordable.

  3. This is another clear case why the failure of the Federal government and the refusal of Planned Parenthood to fund the trials that would bring RISUG to the US from India are absolutely unconscionable.

    And I really, really, really don’t get why GMP, as a so-called responsible voice for gender equality cannot make the funding of RISUG, and other non-hormonal, effective, reversible male birth control an editorial priority.

    Condoms fail, in practice, 15% to 17% of the time according to numerous studies. Condoms are 350 year old technology. It is simply not acceptable to still be relying on abstinence and condoms as the major recommended methods of male birth control. RISUG has worked for over 10 years in trials in India.

    Lisa, Tom, Robert, at long last can you please stand for a policy solution that promotes male equality and ends the heartache and expense and forced choices described in this article?

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