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Palm Beach County Clinic sees increase in vasectomy consultations

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Millions of men and women are considering their options following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade.

“It’s a strange time for a lot of people, it’s a scary time for a lot of people and my heart goes out to people across the country who are freaking out about this right now,” said Kyle Barnikel, 24, of Loxahatchee, who is considering a vasectomy.

“With the vasectomy, it was something I thought I’d do later on once I had kids and all that. And now with Roe v. Wade being overturned, it’s a lot more important to me d ‘be safe,’ Barnikel said.

Barnikel said after the High Court ruling, it should create conversations for women and men.

“As a responsible guy in your twenties, that’s something you should think about just in case,” Barnikel said.

“Nobody wants a child accidentally, obviously. You don’t want to ruin a poor girl’s life,” he said.

In Palm Beach Gardens, staff at Urologic Physicians & Surgeons, part of the Florida Urology Group, said they saw a 50% increase in the number of men asking about vasectomies.

“Even the front office, and bringing in patients to be seen and to hear other friends commenting, saying ‘oh my god, I’ve done 6 this week. Yeah, it was definitely a slight uptick,” said Patrick Tenbrink, MD of Urologic Physicians & Surgeons with Urology Group of Florida.

Staff said they do no more than 2 vasectomies a day and although it is a short 15 minute procedure and a safe form of medical sterilization it may not be the best option for everyone.

“When I counsel my patients, I tell them that I don’t think you should consider this reversible. There are plenty of other forms of birth control you should try if you’re not sure,” Murray Goldberg said. MD of Urology. Florida group. “

The doctor said vasectomies are 90% reversible but fertility rates can drop by 50%.

“I turn down patients who come in and talk about vasectomy,” Tenbrink said. “I really want to make sure they think about it, which I say, listen I really understand where you’re coming from but think about it, see me again in 3 months or 6 months and if you’re still here we’ll talk Again.”

The staff said that if you’re considering having a vasectomy, their doors are always open, but it’s best to have a consultation first.