There aren’t too many sports higher on the manliness meter than professional football (the American version that is).
That’s why it’s odd to hear that one of the NFL’s gridiron gladiators is expected to willingly give up a part of his manhood.
That’s right, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is getting snipped, according to his wife, former reality TV star Kristin Cavallari.
Cavallari told SiriusXM radio that after having three kids, the couple is “taking permanent measures” to cut off the pipeline.
“My philosophy is, we have to push the babies out,” Cavallari said. “We are the ones that have to go through everything, so (he) can do one little thing and get snipped.”
Jay hasn’t talked about the looming vasectomy yet, but he could get advice from fellow NFL player Antonio Cromartie, who got snipped in 2011. Then again, Antonio might not be the best advisor, since he and his wife had twins years after the procedure (yes fellas, your swimmers can still reach the end zone after a vasectomy).
Either way, tough guys like Jay and Antonio prove that you’re no less of a man by choosing male birth control. If you disagree, we dare you to tell them to their face.
About 500,000 men have a vasectomy each year in the United States. It’s considered a simple and safe procedure that takes less than 30 minutes.
The doctor makes a small incision in the scrotum and severs tubes called the vas deferens, which prevents sperm from mixing with semen for ejaculation. The only side effect is soreness.
Vasectomy recovery takes just a few days, but it gives you a valid excuse to sit on the couch, watch football, and ice your crotch for an entire weekend.
Most importantly, a vasectomy will not affect your sex drive. Your testosterone levels will remain the same, and it will not cause erectile dysfunction (you can let out a sigh of relief).
However, sterilization doesn’t happen immediately, as it takes a few months to flush sperm out of your system. That’s why you need to test your sperm in the months following the procedure. (Checking your sperm post-vasectomy is key to avoiding a surprise pregnancy. You can do it right at home with this simple test kit.)
So how much does a vasectomy cost?
Fortunately, most health insurance policies cover the procedure, so check with your provider. Without insurance, it can range from $350-$2,000.
Needless to say, Jay won’t have any problem paying for the procedure—he’ll make $16 million this year. You may not have his cash or fame, but if you’re getting snipped, you’re just as manly as an NFL star.