According to the municipal administration, the number of men who opt for sterilisation has declined in the last seven to eight years. According to the figures released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), in the year 2011 to 2012, a total of 1,619 males and 21,062 women have undergone vasectomy. In the 2016 to 20117 year, 729 men have undergone vasectomy. From April to December 2017, only 578 men in Mumbai have undergone vasectomy.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Asha Advani, Head of the Department of Family Welfare and Planning said, “To curb the growing population Department of Family Welfare is promoting vasectomy in men and women. Various schemes are being implemented by the state government for surgeries. The central government gives Rs 1,451 for sterilisation. However, the percentage of sterilisation of men is less in comparison to women.”
She added, “Compared to women, vasectomy of men is easy. Still, men don not opt for it. There are misconceptions in men regarding the sterilisation. Also, the municipal administration celebrated the ‘World Vasectomy Day’, from November 21 to December 4.
Estimated male sterilisation is only 3.4 per cent. So in Mumbai, not even 10 per cent men opt for vasectomy said Advani.
Dr Mangala Gomare, deputy executive health officer said, “Male vasectomy takes only 5 to 10 minutes. Still, men are not open to do sterilisation. Compared to women, still, men are far behind in terms of family planning.”