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June 12, 1972


Author Affiliations

Wellesley, Mass

JAMA. 1972;220(11):1495. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03200110073020

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To the Editor.—  In the EDITORIAL on Feb 28, 1972, Dr. Harold Lear stated that vasectomy results in severe impairment or loss of a major body function, suggested that the medical profession should not condone vasectomy "on demand," and suggested that even the "most optimistic surveys indicate a potential 3% psychosexual casualty rate."I have performed more than 600 vasectomies. I see my patients six weeks and six months after the procedure and every patient, without exception, has been delighted with the results. This seems to me to be significantly better than the "3% psychosexual" problems that Dr. Lear suggested is the best result available.For those of us who are performing hundreds of vasectomies every year, this EDITORIAL does not realize that vasectomy can provide a very real release from the overwhelming problem of unwanted pregnancy. As a physician actively involved in family planning, I am sure that the