Mar 11, 2015 9:00 AM

Author: Office of Public Affairs

The NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament, better known as March Madness, has a reputation for being one of the least productive times of the year in the workplace. So doctors at University of Utah Health Care suggest putting that idle time to good use—recovering from a vasectomy. 

UUHC has launched a Vas Madness campaign to encourage men to undergo a vasectomy during the tournament. Its three locations in Salt Lake City, South Jordan and Orem are adding extra appointments and providing complimentary recovery kits for college basketball fans.

Vasectomies can be a sensitive subject for guys. William Brant, MD, a urologist at U of U Health, says many concerns about the procedure are overblown. 

Men often ask if vasectomies will decrease their testosterone level or hinder their sexual performance. Neither is the case, Brant says.

Many also want to know: Does it hurt? The procedure itself is performed under local anesthesia, and patients are prescribed medication to “premedicate” before it takes place, Brant says.

And the recovery may be less painful than watching your favorite team be eliminated from the bracket early. Brant says patients are sent home with prescription painkillers, but most do fine with regular acetaminophen.

“Men should take it very easy for a couple of days,” he says. “[Lie] on the couch, using ice and watching TV, then slowly increase activity.” They should use a scrotal support and hold off on activities like running and weightlifting for a couple of weeks.

So, guys, if you’ve decided that kids (or more kids) aren’t in your future, this could be a good opportunity. After all, if you’d like a few days hanging out on the couch watching basketball, this is one excuse your boss is sure to not ask too many questions about.

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