IPS – Birth Control – Roping in Pakistan’s Men | Inter Press Service
“People confuse vasectomy with castration (surgical removal of the testicles) and that scares them away,” Sudhayao, who works for the government’s population welfare department, tells IPS.
Vasectomy involves a minor procedure to snip the sperm ducts. Sudhayao himself resorted to the method when he decided that his family was complete. “We had two daughters and wished for a son, and the third time, my wife delivered twin boys.”
But Khosa accepted vasectomy only after begetting 22 children from two wives. “In between pregnancies, my wives were miscarrying and they were getting weaker – I was scared of losing them.”
Khosa waited three years, to make sure that the procedure had not impaired his sexual functioning, before recommending it to friends and relatives. He has even referred several of his fellow clerics to Sudhayao.