To ensure a day off work to watch March Madness games, some men plan their vasectomies to coincide with the tournament.
Many people call the first two days of March Madness the two best days in sports.
"If I'm going to be laid up on the couch, might as well watch some college basketball." Ben Bargagliotti, a Nashvillian who had the surgery Thursday morning before the games started, said.
Bargagliotti said his wife and him had been discussing a vasectomy for months, and he landed on the morning of March Madness to ensure he could watch the games.
Over the past few years, urologists from all over the country have seen a spike in vasectomies leading into March Madness.
Banking off of the surgery's popularity during March Madness, Urology Associates in Nashville decided to embrace the idea, creating a "Tournament Time" advertising campaign and allowing people to have their consultation and vasectomy on the same day.
"When they need to have a vasectomy done, you're going to need a couple days anyway, so they like to take a couple days and watch some basketball." Dr. Howard Aubert, a urologist with Urology Associates, said, adding that the time leading up to March Madness is the busiest time of the year for vasectomies. They see more than a 50% increase in business.
"March Madness is the time to do it." Bargagliotti said after his surgery, adding that not only does the time after make it worthwhile, but it can help take your mind off of the procedure itself.
"We'll ask them what their bracket looks like, who they have going to the final four." Dr. Aubert explained.
The procedure only takes about 15 minutes, and according to Bargagliotti, it doesn't cause that much discomfort, and very little pain.
"Now it's all just hanging out and having fun." Bargagliotti said, referring to his recovery time.
Urologists say there is also a big spike in vasectomies leading up to big golf tournaments like the Masters and the U.S. Open.