March Madness has officially hit. And men and women across the country are spending the next few days glued to the t-v watching wall-to-wall basketball. But some men won't be up and around handling that "honey-do" list. In fact, they can't. They have a carefully crafted excuse -- a doctor's note.
For the next few weeks, it's all about the brackets. Sixty eight college basketball teams playing in a sudden death tournament over a three week period for college basketball's biggest prize. And die-hard NCAA hoops fans are taking in the games -- some at work, some in the stands, like President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron this week. And others on the couch with bags of frozen peas.
Men have it figured out -- if you're going to get the procedure done anyway, this might be the ideal time for a vasectomy. It's a phenomenon that urologists like Dr. Stephen Jones at the Cleveland Clinic have been noticing for several years now.
Across the country the number of scheduled vasectomies tends to jump by about half during the week the men's NCAA basketball tournament begins.
It's something that local urologists can understand, especially if they choose to market the procedure and offer discounts during the big dance.
"I always say March Madness is perfect because you can sit around and watch all the games," says Rogue Valley urologist Dr. Jack Lewis. "I always give guys little bell so that they ring the bell and their wife comes and brings them whatever they need --beer, chips."
That's a notion that doesn't sit so well with this fiancee/
"I think it's hilarious that men would get a vasectomy in order to watch basketball," says Talley George, "I think as a wife, I would want to be right next to him watching the game."
"I think it's a great idea," says Corey Doyle, "I think people should embrace anything they can as far as sitting on the couch."
"I think they need to have some balls and tell your wife you want to watch the basketball game," says Sean Hummel.
Vasectomies are an elective surgery and shouldn't be taken lightly. But that doesn't stop urology practices like this one in Richmond, Virginia from snatching up this webste -- vasectomy madness.com, promoting the ability to "spend three days on the couch watching hoops with your wife's approval."