Alpha Dad Gets Snipped

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Wednesday, July 02, 2014


After having four boys, Clint Greagen decided it was time to get a vasectomy. (Clint Greagan)

In a lot of ways, vasectomies couldn’t have asked for a better spokesman than Australian Clint Greagen: weightlifter, Australian football fanatic, loving husband, and stay-at-home father of four who blogs about pretty much everything -- including the time he got his vas deferens cut by a man named Dr. Snip.

Here in the U.S., the pill is the most commonly used form of birth control. Second is female sterilization -- procedures like women getting their tubes tied -- which is a more common form of contraception than condoms. But urologists say that vasectomies are simpler, safer, faster, and less expensive.

Why don't men get vasectomies more often? The answer may have to do with our assumptions -- and our insecurities -- about gender roles. This is something Clint had to deal with long before going under the knife. He left the workforce about six years ago to raise his children, and that switch took some adjustment.

But all this change has paid off. When I spoke with him recently, he talked about getting used to the stay-at-home dad life, rethinking masculinity, and experiencing the sexual freedom that comes after two easy snips.


Committing to the vasectomy was a little scary:

The two biggest things I was worried about [were] all the inspections that had to go on with my genitals in front of other people, and the second thing was actually having my genitals pierced by sharp objects.... It was probably about two years after we first brought it up before I actually got into gear and got the job done.

A new sexual life with his wife Tania:

She can just throw me onto a bench anytime she wants now and not have to worry about it. It’s good fun. If you take concern out of it, you can just go and do whatever role play you want right to the very end....Freedom.

Clint Greagen and his wife Tania (photo: Clint Greagen)

 Coming to terms with being a stay-at-home dad:

Being a man who was moving out of the workforce to become a fulltime [care-giver] in what has traditionally been a female role, I did start to notice things around me that sort of suggested I was doing the wrong thing. Little tongue-in-cheek jokes that people say, but that has that kernel of truth to it, or their kernel of truth to it.

You can read a full transcript of our interview.

And Clint Greagan blogs at His first book, also called Reservoir Dad, was released in Australia in June 2014.

Here's a Safe For Work (sort of) video of Dr. Snip performing the vasectomy:

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Clint Greagen

Hosted by:

Anna Sale

Comments [7]

Pauline from Melbourne Australia

Dr Snip, who I know of as Dr Nick, delivered my second baby,31 years ago,
helped me through a marriage break up when I couldnt afford to go to a psychologist. Seems he's come full circle. He's a great doc who has always had a great sense of caring and a wicked sense of humour.

Aug. 15 2014 04:28 AM
Allie from Vermont

Thanks for another fascinating interview! I really liked what your guest said about being into weights and sport and how that does not conflict with his ability to cuddle a baby in the middle of the night. I noticed that segment is missing from the transcript, though (14:50-15:10), and I think it would be an enriching addition. Thanks!

Aug. 13 2014 11:11 AM
Sam Rausa from Jackson, New Jersey

I got snipped, willingly and calmly, shortly after the birth of our second child.

These were the pre-iPod days so, for distraction, I brought a portable CD player and a pair of headphones. The playlist included Frank Sinatra's "I've Got You Under My Skin." When the pain became slightly intense, I switched the player to full volume and the song to Jackson Browne's "Cut It Away."

Jul. 18 2014 09:17 AM
N Cognito

great interview; tx for being direct with your questions and for using everyday words like 'come' instead of 'ejaculate' which I find very refreshing (I imagine this would have been censored or edited for radio which makes the podcast format that much more appealing)

Jul. 09 2014 03:17 PM
Anna Sale

Thanks for the feedback, Ad. We'll do a better job labeling our previews to save you from needless clicking. And you can download directly from the episode page -- it's one of the options in the player (Listen, Add, Download, etc) at the top of the page. Thanks for listening!

Jul. 08 2014 10:38 AM
Ad from London

Hi there,

First off, congratulations on a great show.

I have two suggestions:

First, please include the word Preview or Promo in the title of an episode on your contents page as you do on the episode's page. This would save me clicking back and forth unnecessarily as I have no interest in downloading the promo.

Second, why not include a download link to the episode on the episode's page (or if you have one, then making it obvious)?
Again, I have to open the episode page to make sure it's not a promo, then I have to go back to the contents page to download; it's a chore.

Again, thanks for a great show. Looking forward to more.

Jul. 03 2014 04:50 AM
Cecil Seashell

They aren't just for middle-aged men. I got mine at 21. It was a great idea then, and I've never looked back.

Jul. 02 2014 01:00 PM

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