While you’re laid up on the couch recovering from your vasectomy, you may as well have something fun to watch, right?

Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Urology & Kidney Institute Men’s Health is once again, after a year off because of COVID-19, offering Vasectomy Clinics timed with the height of March Madness.

This year, clinics are being planned in three locations for patient convenience. Registration is required.

The clinic schedule:

Dubbed “Vas Madness,” the period around the college basketball tournament marks peaks in vasectomy procedures, according to doctors and healthcare systems nationwide. In 2016, Athena Health Network researchers noted a 30 percent spike in vasectomies during the first round of the three-week tournament over the numbers recorded in an average week.

“We typically suggest men take 48 hours at home to kick up their feet and recover after a vasectomy. What better way this year than with a comfortable chair, an ice pack and your favorite college basketball team?” said Dr. Bieniek, medical director of Tallwood Men’s Health.

A vasectomy is a simple, in-office procedure for permanent male birth control. A urologist performs the minimally-invasive procedure through a small skin opening and cuts the vas deferens, the tube carrying sperm, on both sides. Most men are fully recovered from the procedure within a week.

Registration for any of the Vasectomy Clinics is required and space is limited. Patients must schedule a consultation at a separate visit beforehand in order to have the procedure done at the Saturday clinic. Another option is to have the consultation done on Saturday and schedule the procedure for another day.