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WASHINGTON, DC — As part of World Vasectomy Day on November 18, Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC has expanded its family planning services to include vasectomies at its DC health center. Since the decision to overturn Roe, vasectomies have become a highly requested service from people wanting to avoid unintended pregnancy.  The procedure is almost 100% effective at preventing pregnancy and provides people with testicles a safe and simple form of permanent birth control. 

“In a time when 18 states throughout the country are experiencing abortion bans or restrictions, providing health care that allows people to have control of their bodies and lives is imperative,” says Dr. Serina Floyd, PPMW’s Chief Medical Officer. “Since the decision to eliminate the constitutional right to abortion, we have doubled down on our commitment to our patients and have not only kept our doors open, but continued to expand access to care. By providing vasectomies, we are ensuring that everyone can access the health care they need, no matter what.”

The simple and safe procedure can be done in about an hour at the Carol Whitehill Moses health center in Washington, DC. The procedure is covered under most insurances and Medicaid. Vasectomies do not require full sedation, so most patients will be able to drive themselves home and return to work within 1-2 days. This is a great option for those who want to avoid an unintended pregnancy and have decided this is the best form of birth control for them. 

The cost for vasectomy services and follow-up care is $600 for those paying out-of-pocket. Financial assistance is available to help cover the cost of care. Services are available in both English and Spanish. Patients can learn more online or schedule an appointment at (202) 347-8512.