PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – “At 55, I already have four children. I realized that I do not have enough resources to take care of more mouths in my family,” explained Lamour Denis, at a reproductive health clinic in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. “So,” he added, resolutely, “I decided to do it.”

He decided to get a vasectomy.

While vasectomies are a relatively common form of contraception in places like the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea, according to 2017 data from the United Nations, the procedure is much less popular in Haiti.

Because of traditional perceptions around masculinity, family planning is widely considered a woman’s responsibility. In 2012, only 0.1 per cent of women surveyed said they relied on a partner’s vasectomy as a form of contraception. Only 5 per cent relied on male condoms. 

And many women lack access to contraception altogether. It is estimated that only 51 per cent of women in a relationship have their demand for contraception satisfied by modern, reliable methods.

Improving information about – and access to – this contraceptive method is essential to empower both men and women to take control of their futures.

And, as Mr. Denis’s experience shows, men are increasingly interested in exploring this option.

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