The University of Nevada, Reno announced last week that it was giving away free vasectomies.
Dr. Daniel Spogen, chair of UNR Med Family and Community Medicine, said that men have historically had limited choices when it comes to birth control options.
“Family planning has focused more on women, women’s health, pregnancy, and childbirth,” he explained. “Vasectomies offer a highly effective contraceptive option and allow men the opportunity to take on a greater role in their contraceptive responsibility.”
Consequently, men may sign up for free to get the procedure. It is an outpatient process that lasts up to 45 minutes.
According to UNR, “there are two common vasectomy methods: incision and no-scalpel. The UNR Med Student Outreach Clinic offers both. Patients should discuss their options with a physician before selecting a method.
“Licensed faculty and clinical community physicians perform the procedure and provide patient care, while medical students observe or assist.”
The procedure normally costs up to $3,000. At UNR, it’s free. The procedure is expected to be permanent.
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For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact the Student Outreach Clinic at (775) 682-8646 or [email protected].