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The Vasectomy Information Line

What Is the Vasectomy Information Line?

In the United States, 1-888-VASEC-4-U is a toll-free, 24-hour, completely confidential service. When you call this number, you'll hear prerecorded information about vasectomy, and if you choose, the Vasectomy Information Line can connect you with a provider at a nearby public health facility.

This service is available in both English and Spanish.

What happens when I dial 1-888-VASEC-4-U?

You will get:
  • A description of the vasectomy procedure
  • Reasons why vasectomy may make sense for a man
  • Answers to frequently asked questions about vasectomy
  • The option to be connected with a vasectomy provider at a local public health facility. These facilities include health department clinics, Planned Parenthood affiliates, hospitals, and community health centers.

Why has AVSC set up 1-888-VASEC-4-U?

Each year, over 500,000 men in the United States choose vasectomy as their method of contraception. Most of these men have private health insurance. Men without private health insurance have far more difficulty obtaining the procedure.

Just consider these figures. While nearly 16,000 private-practice physicians offer vasectomy services, only 1,600 public health sites-health departments, Planned Parenthood affiliates, hospitals, community health centers—perform the procedure. And while 85% of all insurance policies cover vasectomy, only 2% of public family planning funds are earmarked for men.

When does a vasectomy make sense?

A vasectomy is a simple, safe, permanent, low-cost birth control method for men. A vasectomy makes sense when your family is complete—when you don't want to have any more children—and when a woman doesn't want to take birth control pills or use other forms of birth control.

Having a vasectomy has nothing to do with good sex or being a man. It just means you've had all the children you want. When a man gets a vasectomy, he sends a loving message to his partner: "I love you, and I love our children. Our family is complete. I love our life together, and I don't want the fear of pregnancy to be a problem."

A vasectomy takes about 20 minutes. It has no effect on sexual performance and makes a man a partner in family planning. Nearly half a million men in the United States choose vasectomy every year. Because it takes away the fear of pregnancy, a vasectomy can make sex more enjoyable for both of you. You will still need to use a condom to protect against sexually transmitted infections, but you won't have to worry about having another child.

It is simpler, cheaper, and safer for a man to get a vasectomy than for a woman to have a tubal ligation. A tubal ligation is abdominal surgery performed under general anesthesia and is often three to five times more expensive than a vasectomy.

You can find more information about vasectomy on AVSC's web site at Vasectomy: Answers to Your Questions.

If you have questions or concerns about the Vasectomy Information Line, please e-mail us at

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