You won’t believe what goes up during March Madness
March 20, 2017
When men get vasectomies, doctors give them strict instructions to avoid strenuous physical activity for a couple days and get intimately acquainted with the couch while applying ice packs liberally.
Translation: Become a couch potato.
What better time to do that than during the first Thursday and Friday of March Madness?
It’s a brilliant idea, really: Time the procedure so it takes place during the two most jam-packed days of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, when 32 games happen and upsets whack most everyone’s brackets.
Sorry, wife/boss/kids, I have to sit on the couch and watch TV—doctor’s orders.
A surge in vasectomies
It turns out, a lot of sports fans are taking that logic to heart. A number of media outlets have reported over the past few days that there’s been a rise in vasectomies during March in the United States—a 10 percent increase at the Cleveland Clinic alone during tourney time the past two years, according to The Daily Mail.
Athena Research notes an even bigger surge, of 41 percent for the first Friday of the tourney.
Some of the timing is coincidental, doctors say. Many couples begin discussion of permanent birth control options at the beginning of a new year, and it generally takes at least a month to schedule a procedure, which means March tends to be a busy month.
But these days some clinics even tie the idea of recovering during March Madness into their advertising. That’s a pretty brilliant idea as well.
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