Dr. Stephen Jones, chairman of the department of regional urology at the Cleveland Clinic, noticed a trend toward more vasectomies in late November, with a 75 percent increase in the past few months.
"We were doing 40 to 45 a week, and then it went to 70 to 75 each week," he said. "Some patients were concerned about losing their insurance, but it seems to me more of it is the idea of 'I can't commit myself to raising another child in uncertain times.' "
Dr. Charles Lynne, professor of urology at the University of Miami School of Medicine, remembers a similar trend back in 1991, when Miami-based Eastern Airlines shut down, and he saw a rise in vasectomies in his practice.
"Eastern was one of the biggest employers, and employees still had insurance," he explained.
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SOURCES: J. Stephen Jones, M.D., chairman, department of regional urology, Cleveland Clinic; Harry Fisch, M.D., professor, clinical urology, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, New York City; Marc Goldstein, M.D., surgeon-in-chief, male reproductive medicine & surgery, Cornell Institute for Reproductive Medicine, New York City; Charles Lynne, M.D., professor, urology, University of Miami School of Medicine
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