30 men will un­dergo free va­sec­tomy in Nairobi next month, says an NGO

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries -

About 30 men will un­dergo free va­sec­tomy in Nairobi next month, an NGO has said. Founder of World Va­sec­tomy Day Jonathan Shack said this will help men have con­ver­sa­tions on fam­ily plan­ning, which is mostly viewed as fe­males’ re­spon­si­bil­ity. “This year, we will be mark­ing World Va­sec­tomy Day [Novem­ber 18] in Nairobi. We want men to con­sider tak­ing up fam­ily-plan­ning meth­ods,” he said. “De­spite women us­ing var­i­ous fam­ily-plan­ning meth­ods avail­able in the mar­ket, men only have two — con­doms and va­sec­tomy.” Va­sec­tomy is a pro­ce­dure that makes a man per­ma­nently un­able to get a woman preg­nant. It in­volves cut­ting or block­ing two tubes called the vas def­er­ens, so sperm can no longer get into the se­men. Va­sec­tomist Charles Ochieng, who un­der­went the pro­ce­dure af­ter the birth of his se­cond child, said he opted to get the op­er­a­tion af­ter his wife had sev­eral side ef­fects with other meth­ods.

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