Vasectomies have increased in popularity in Iceland to such a degree that at least one is performed every day.
Ten years ago, tubal ligations outnumbered vasectomies, but a decrease in the former and an increase in the latter showed a crossover in 2005. Last year, about 400 vasectomies were performed, compared to about 160 tubal ligations.
Part of the reason for the increase would be how simple the procedure is. Vasectomies in Iceland, as elsewhere, usually involve the use of local anaesthetic, and take about 20 minutes to complete. Patients are able to return to work the following day.
Here you can see a video (in Icelandic) showing how the procedure is done. Some images may disturb more sensitive readers.
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