Vasectomies offered free in Counties Manukau
Counties Manukau Health is giving men the chance to get "the snip" for free.
It started offering free vasectomies on May 9, as part of a pilot aimed at increasing contraception in the area.
Counties Manukau Health communications manager Lauren Young said a range of free contraceptive and sterilisation options were already being offered for women and by providing vasectomies it was able to offer a full range so that families can choose what suits them best.
"This pilot - which at this stage will run until September - will assess what the demand is for vasectomies in Counties Manukau and it will be evaluated before future decisions are made."
Vasectomies normally cost between $395 and $500.
The pilot was partially aimed at finding out if cost was a major inhibitor to men getting vasectomies, she said.
"This will see if men in our district wish to have a vasectomy.
"We have heard many rumours about why men choose not to have a vasectomy - including cost, cultural, social and religious - so by offering some free vasectomies we hope to find out if cost is the main barrier."
All men receiving a free vasectomy would be asked to complete a questionnaire asking what the barriers were for them, she said.
Men from outside the area will not be able to utilise the pilot.
To be eligible, a man has to be a Counties Manukau resident, eligible for fully funded healthcare, and be "sure his family is complete".