Men reluctant to undergo family planning procedure in Karnal: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Parveen Arora

Karnal, June 6

The responsibility for family planning falls more on women as the number of women opting for tubectomy, a permanent birth control procedure in which a woman’s fallopian tubes are clamped and sealed to prevent eggs from reaching the uterus for fertilization, is higher than vasectomy numbers. Vasectomy is a procedure performed on a man in which the tube carrying sperm from each testicle is clamped, cut, or sealed to prevent sperm from mixing with semen.

According to data collected from the Department of Health, 2,159 women opted for tubectomy while 410 men underwent vasectomy in the last 15 months across the district.

According to experts, vasectomy is an easy family planning procedure and there is more incentive for men to have the procedure done, but men are still not showing up to have the procedure done. To ensure men’s participation in family planning, they are given an incentive of Rs 2,200 to undergo a vasectomy, while a woman receives Rs 1,400 for a tubectomy in government hospitals.

“The number of men is very less compared to women undergoing family planning procedures. They have a misconception that the procedure leads to weakness, but that’s not true,” said Dr. Sheenu Chaudhary, Assistant Civil Surgeon, Planned Parenthood.

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