[LMB] Betan control of pregnancy

Raye Johnsen raye_j at yahoo.com
Sat Nov 7 02:09:51 GMT 2015

> On 11/06/2015 09:56 AM, Elizabeth Stowe wrote:
> > I've been rereading a bunch of the Vorkosigan books, and something > > confuses me. How is male fertility controlled on Beta Colony? I had the> > idea that all guys have their tubes cut (Cordelia made a reference). I > > assume that means a reverse vasectomy is performed when a > > pregnancy is okayed.
> >
> > So have both Miles and Mark had vasectomies? 
From: Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org>
> But they are not Beta citizens. I expect Beta has different rules for
> visitors because requiring surgery to visit seems excessive.

There is, at this time, a form of 'reversible male vasectomy' - an organic foam is injected into the tube in the place where the cut would be in a standard vasectomy, where it solidifies, creating a blockage.  Upon the male wishing a restoration of his fertility, the compound that dissolves the foam is injected into the blockage.  It is quick, easy and reportedly painless.  It does, however, require a man to a) allow a doctor to go near his balls with a needle, and b) willingly accept infertility.
(I do find it interesting that when couples talk about no longer having children and permanent sterilization, they all talk about the WOMAN becoming sterile. Getting tubes tied is major abdominal surgery involving a hospital stay and weeks of recovery time; a vasectomy is a one-hour outpatient's procedure that sees the man able to do almost everything he normally would less than three hours later. So why is the first the go-to option?)

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They might range from getting a promise. (I won't have sex or if I do I
will use drugs/protections/etc) to having a temporary drug/hormone
implant put in.

Although with every Beta citizen having mandatory reversible
sterilization, there shouldn't be any risk from galactic visitors
increasing the population.

Perhaps long term non-citizen residents are required to take the same
steps as Beta citizens.

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