On a visit to Indonesia, India or China, where the streets are filled with wall to wall people, a natural reaction might be that, “Something must be done about the exploding population.” Theorizing that if there were only less people, then others would have more resources. In this hypothesis, it would make sense to sterilize every male and female to prevent an increased population, yet if we did sterilize the fertile people, how might this endanger our species?
No matter which belief one might justify how the universe came into existence, when we look at nature we cannot deny the balance of order established at the invention of time. According to this order, both male and female contribute to the process of continuing ancestry. In nature there is observable evidence that whenever a species did not continue its reproductive processes, it ceased to exist. Yet for thousands of years, humankind attempted to alter the reproductive order of his own species by using various methods of birth control and sexual abstention. These attempts were weak at best and never one hundred percent reliable. What is more important humankind could not alter the natural function of the human reproductive system nor could we put a halt to the reproductive activity which led to generations continually reproducing.
After the discovery of the vas deferens in the 1500s and the first vasectomy in the early 1800s, the opinion was that men could eventually alter their virility through an operative method. After experimenting on prisoners and the physically handicapped, at the turn of the last century, the vasectomy operation was somewhat perfected and men began to give their reproductive capacities over to the knife. About the same time, female tubal ligation methods improved allowing both the male and female to permanently alter their fertility capabilities. After the breakthrough of the birth control pill in 1960, and with the introduction of artificial hormones, it was clear that humankind was well on its way to ceasing its reproductive powers and altering the natural order of the species. By slowing down human reproduction, the eventual goal would be zero population growth.
Interestingly, this was not without paying a price for these choices. For several generations now, couples have been decreasing their family size, yet where ever these artificial hormones were used, reproductive cancers escalated. Breast, cervical, uterine, scrotal, penile, and prostate cancers which had always been extremely rare, rapidly increased to epidemic proportions after the widespread use of artificial birth control hormones. Is it merely coincidental that globally in 2013, the number one cancer for women is breast cancer and the number one cancer for men is prostate cancer? Yet, researchers continue to point out that this is merely coincidental and continue to claim there is no connection between the increased use of artificial hormones, sterilization operations and the reproductive cancers that are resulting. However these cancers did not plague humankind before our participation in reproductive birth control measures.
Falling Rates of global fertility is another concern. July 15, 2013, the U.S. Wall Street Journal reported findings from The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Annual Conference. Doctors looked at several studies that appear to show a global decrease in sperm counts. 26,000 men were studied from 1989-2005 and sperm counts fell by one-third. In the USA some historical data also suggested a decrease in sperm count among American men. Proponents say the exposure to pesticides, and lifestyle habits are to blame. Cigarette smoking, exposure to hot water, fatty foods, use of recreational marijuana and increased alcoholic consumption, plus endocrine altering chemicals in shampoo/deodorants and sedentary jobs, are external factors affecting the gentle cycle of sperm. With great potential, these outside influences will increase in the future causing further effects on the male reproductive cycle. Scientists are aware of the data and note these forces are contributing elements but not every researcher agrees there is a global crisis on decreasing sperm counts. Previous studies showed that sperm counts, like many other things do cycle, yet after coordinated studies in Europe, Richard Sharpe, a male reproduction specialist from the University of Edinburgh, found as few as one in five young men had sperm counts low enough to affect fertility. Currently researchers are keeping an eye on the situation but claim that it’s a toss up right now, yet if current data continues a few generations from now, we might be leaning towards an overall decreasing global sperm count, where slowly evolving mutations in the gene pool, will lead to a severe decrease in male reproductive capabilities.
For the zero population growth globalists, who fear an increasing population, this data means progress. Fewer people and decreased reproduction, means less resources being used up. Interestingly these globalists also believe the earth cycles through time, yet fail to recognize historical data that reveals that whenever the population became too large, the earth cleansed itself. Diseases, natural disasters and wars have all contributed to decreasing the global population. These global scientists also do not recognize that if man is an evolving species, as they believe, that once humankind halts his naturally occurring order and eliminates his reproduction, he too could loose his ability to reproduce. Eventually humankind would become extinct, like all the other creatures in the past.
What difference does any of this make to a man who has already gave life to the number of children he desires and who does not care about the virility of future generations? None, as long as the vasectomy operation proves to be safe. Essentially men do little to no research on this operation, which is odd because the operation involves the most delicate body part of the male anatomy. Men spend more time reading their insurance policy or the latest electronic gadget then they do researching their vasectomy operation. The internet is full of sites giving detailed information including sites from men complaining about the procedure, warning of pain and diminished sexual function, yet the majority of males do little to no research at all, surrendering their sexual capabilities without question. There have been numerous studies linking vasectomies to prostate cancer, heart disease, and various auto immune disorders. Most have been inconclusive but that does not mean that in the future, evidence might come out to show the contrary. Common sense might lead men to observe potential complications that might arise when semen (a bodily fluid meant to be expelled from the body) is forced to be absorbed by the body and observe how this might affect the male physiology over time. This paradigm has been studied, but only briefly, and current findings remain inconclusive.
Vasectomy alters ones sexual experience and increases the need for pre and post operation counseling. Males must be educated and counseled before their vasectomy operation because they need to know the vasectomy will permanently alter their sexual experience. Vasectomy literature does state this fact, yet in reality, men should undergo counseling (and for more than five minutes), to make sure the man realizes the depth of his operation and how it might affect his performance both physically and emotionally. For the majority of males, the thought of sex without reproduction seems liberating, but the male will alter his reproductive capabilities and will no longer perform a reproductive act. One might assume that after the fear of pregnancy is eliminated, that sexual pleasure would increase and it does for the majority, however couples have reported this did not always increase their sexual pleasure. Once their lovemaking was diminished to merely physical and non-reproductive act, couples have reported a loss of excitement. This may be one cause why after their vasectomies man have complained their drive and desire went down, permanently affecting their overall physical performance. Concerns such as these cause and increased need for counseling.
Will a vasectomy today save the planet tomorrow? There is no such thing as a “magical” operation and vasectomies certainly are not the answer, they simply take something from humankind that men cannot get back, which is his global domination as a species. Sure they might solve a short term problem of over pollution in areas where there is actual over population but why not let Mother Earth take care of that, she has been doing it for thousands of years. When common sense tells us that if humankind alters its seed long enough, eventually men will have less seed on the earth. Should we take notice? If we ignore our data, and sterilize a large majority of our population and if factors affecting our fertility persist or increase, eventually humankind will be no more.