Champaign health center to begin offering vasectomies

CHAMPAIGN — Planned Parenthood of Illinois, more commonly known for serving women, will expand its services for men this fall by offering vasectomies at its new health center in Champaign.

Planned Parenthood plans to offer "no-scalpel" vasectomies, which involve a puncture rather than incisions, said Kai Tao, the organization's vice president of clinical operations.

It's a fairly painless outpatient procedure, she said. Most men can return to work the next day.

Planned Parenthood opened its newly remodeled building at 302 E. Stoughton St., C, last October, and boosted all its services, spokeswoman Lara Phillips said.

That includes gynecological and breast health exams, cervical-cancer screenings, birth control, sexually-transmitted-disease testing and treatment, and medically induced abortion.

Men can also be seen about reproductive or sexual health issues and undergo screenings for colon and testicular cancer at Planned Parenthood's Champaign clinic, Tao said. Vaccines are also available for men for Hepatitis A and B and human papillomavirus, or HPV.

Tao said the no-scalpel vasectomy will be offered for $622, including the pre-operation visit and follow-up. It takes two to three months before the procedure is considered effective, she said.

Corbin Dixon, lead downstate educator for Planned Parenthood of Illinois, said the organization offers men of all ages education about their reproductive health and responsibilities.

One of the biggest surprises for younger men, he said, is that it's just as important for men as it is for women to take responsibility for their own reproductive and sexual health.

While the vasectomy procedures won't begin until October, clients can start calling now for consultations, Tao said.

The organization has a toll free number: 800-230-PLAN. It also takes appointments online at http://www.ppil.org.

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sameeker wrote on August 21, 2012 at 5:08 pm

I am very glad to hear this. It is about time. I have some questions that I wish the article would have answered.

1. Will there be financial assistance available to those with limited incomes?

2. At what age will a man be allowed to have it done?

3. Will the wife have to authorize the proceedure.

4. Will insurance cover it?

When I had the proceedure done by a private physician in 1991, my wife had to sign a release. The doctor also stated that he was loath to perform the proceedure on someone who was in their twenties or did not have children. Even if there is no financial help available, men need to realize that it is still cheaper than having kids on the 18 year payment plan.Should they decide to have children later, it can be reversed. I know of a few that have done so. While a reversal costs considerably more, the cost will make someone think through carefully if they are ready to have children. I feel that the proceedure should be offered to any male of the age of sexual maturity. The benefits to society will be tremendous.