Men sign up for a live vasectomy

The Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus) plans to conduct up to 10 live vasectomies later this year as part of a project to prompt discussion about male contraception and its role in population control.

The operations will be performed by a team of surgeons including Dr Doug Stein, a Florida urologist who is credited with having performed 29,000 vasectomies around the world.

There will be an audience of up to 150 people and each surgery will also be streamed live on the internet.
RiAus programs manager Lisa Bailey said the event would be staged during the Festival of Ideas in Adelaide later this year and a number of men had already offered themselves up for the surgery. 

"I'm not going to put a number on it at this stage but it has been more than one," she said.

Dr Bailey said volunteers would go through a screening process before the procedure to ensure they understood the implications of what was a serious decision.

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