IMSS Oaxaca Promotes Family Planning Through Vasectomy in Family Medicine Units

Oaxaca, Oaxaca. – The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) in Oaxaca, with its headquarters for Medical Benefits, continues to promote family planning procedures by performing a no-scalpel vasectomy in family medicine units (UMF), with the aim of promoting responsible parenthood through a safe, permanent and free method.

From June 16 to 19, UMF No. 38 performed 10 surgeries and 12 vasectomy operations are scheduled for this weekend. These activities take place within the framework of the National Vasectomy Day without a scalpel.

On the other hand, the director of UMF No. 1, Yanira García Gonzalez, stated that 27 vasectomy operations were performed at that hospital over the weekend.

He also indicated that vasectomy is a quick procedure as the patient can go home on the same day. In addition, it has a very high contraceptive efficacy, almost 100%.

On his part, Director of UMF No. 65, Jullier Ali Ruiz Lopez, explained that five people underwent surgery in that medical unit from June 16 to 19; However, work is being done to increase the number in the coming days.

Likewise, Chief Medical Benefit Martha Escobar Vasquez has determined that vasectomy (also called male sterilization) is a safe and effective surgical procedure (operation) that permanently protects against pregnancy.

He pointed out that there are two types of vasectomies: scalpel vasectomy (with a cut) and no-scalpel vasectomy (without cutting). Non-cutting methods have a lower risk of infection and other complications, and generally take less time to heal.

He added that the procedure is intended to be permanent, and usually irreversible. Therefore, it is best to perform a vasectomy only if a person is absolutely sure that they do not want to leave anyone pregnant for the rest of their life.

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Finally, Escobar Vázquez called on the population, especially rights holders, to be aware of the upcoming activities that will be implemented in this area in their FMUs in order to strengthen the family planning programme.

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