My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for WINGS Guatemala, Pueblo, CO, USA
When I was younger, I thought I would only have 2 children. I am 37 years old and I am the father of 3 boys and 1 girl. Our last child was born while my wife was using the quarterly injection. From then on we were very afraid that she would get pregnant again. Now I don’t have a job and we are in a very delicate economic situation, I can’t risk having more children. A friend from where I live, Alotenango, a city in Sacatepéquez, recommended WINGS and explained to me that they perform surgery in order to have no more children.
In a sexist society such as Guatemala, contraception is considered to be for women. We think that since women are the ones who naturally bring life to the world, it is their responsibility to take care of themselves. In addition, there are myths about vasectomy, that say men are unable to be sexually functional after it. I made the decision to have surgery because I don’t want my wife having an invasive surgery. She has been using contraceptive methods for two years, it was my time to take responsibility.
Family planning can be complicated for women in Guatemala. They receive criticism and prejudice based on a conservative family traditions, especially from mothers and mothers-in-law. But men don’t receive education about contraception. I did not tell anyone that I got surgery, but I don’t hide it either. If I have a chance I would love to encourage my friends to get a vasectomy. It was a quick operation, with little pain and, what surprised me the most, WINGS didn’t even use a scalpel! In 20 minutes I was ready to go home. In 2 weeks I was fully recovered and since then, my sex life is no longer overshadowed by fear.