World Vasectomy Day Date in the current year: November 16, 2019

World Vasectomy Day World Vasectomy Day (WVD) is an international awareness event held on November 16 in many countries across the world. Its main goal is to raise global awareness of vasectomy as a male-oriented solution to prevent unwanted pregnancies.

Vasectomy is a surgical method of permanent contraception (sterilization). During this surgical procedure, the male vas deferens (the ducts that transport sperm from the epididymis to the ejaculatory ducts) are cut and then tied or sealed. Vasectomy prevents sperm from entering into the urethra, but it doesn’t affect one’s libido or the ability to have sexual intercourse. As the procedure is not easily reversed, it is not often encouraged for young single childless men.

World Vasectomy Day was inaugurated in 2012 by Jonathan Stack, an American filmmaker who was working on a documentary about the decision to have a vasectomy. His main goal was to get men more involved in family planning decisions, as well as to educate them about vasectomies as a simple way to relieve women of responsibility of birth control.

The inaugural World Vasectomy Day was celebrated on November 16, 2013. On that day, Dr Douglas Stein performed the world’s first live-streamed vasectomy at the Royal Institution of Australia. Since then, surgeons from all over the world have performed vasectomies on World Vasectomy Day, connecting to the event via social media platforms. For example, in 2017, more than 1,200 doctors from 50 countries joined the event.

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