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Recession Drove Men to Have Vasectomy Earlier

October 15 , 2013
by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Press Release

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FERTILITY SOCIETIES 21st WORLD CONGRESS ON FERTILITY AND STERILITY AND THE 69th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE

Recession Drove Men to Have Vasectomy Earlier 

Boston, MA – The relationship between economic conditions and reproduction has a long and complex history.  In agrarian economies, children are an economic asset, though when times are hard, having children can always make it harder. In the latest example of this kind of research, investigators found that the 2008 financial crisis and recession had an impact on when men had vasectomies.

The relationship between economic conditions and reproduction has a long and complex history.  In agrarian economies, children are an economic asset, though when times are hard, having children can always make it harder. In the latest example of this kind of research, investigators found that the 2008 financial crisis and recession had an impact on when men had vasectomies.

Researchers from Wisconsin presented data at the International Federation of Fertility Societies/American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting that showed that men presenting for vasectomy in the years 2005-2008 had on average 3.1 children, a number that fell to 2.3 following the 2008 recession. The investigators stated they “believe this information suggests a direct relation to the economic status of the community.”

“There is much folklore associated with the relationship between economic conditions and reproduction. It is nice to have some actual data,” said Grace Centola, PhD, President of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology.

P-585 Vasectomy Consultation Trends During the Great Recession
A Shridharani et al
 

 

Representing more than 50 fertility societies from around the globe, the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) is the world’s principal international fertility organization. The IFFS was founded in 1951, and held its first congress in New York in 1953. The IFFS mission is to stimulate basic and clinical research, disseminate education and encourage superior clinical care of patients in infertility and reproductive medicine. Website: http://www.iffs-reproduction.org/ 

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, founded in 1944, is an organization of more than 7,000 physicians, researchers, nurses, technicians and other professionals dedicated to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive biology.  Affiliated societies include the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons and the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists.


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