In the traditional Zimbabwean set up, the practice of family planning is always the prerogative of the woman.
While men can also adopt family planning methods such as the use of vasectomy, just the mention of the idea raises a fierce debate among men.
Marriage is a partnership of two people and decisions are made in unison.
While most families agree on the numbers of children they want, it appears it is the woman’s burden to ensure that the agreement is adhered to.
For most men, the assumption is that that they want to remain with potency.
Women thus have to take up the family planning initiatives, yet men too can, once satisfied with the numbers of children, they can use the permanent family planning method of vasectomy.
The suggestion of ever considering vasectomy prompts most men to put on their religious coats as they argue that their fertility can only be terminated by God.
Times have changed and while vasectomy may be a modern family planning method, just how did men of yester-year managed issues of family planning.
Vasectomy is a surgical procedure for male sterilization or permanent contraception. Traditionally, most African countries do not permit permanent sterilization as it is deemed to be against the cultural tradition.
They say it takes two to tango, but when it comes to contraceptives, it is certainly a woman’s business.