Simple and effective procedure with a 99% success rate.


Is it reversible?

It’s not ethical to do vasectomies on a hundred men and then go ahead and reverse them after and see how many are successful. There are those that claim open-ended vasectomy (the ‘technique within a technique’ done here) increases the reversibility…but such claims suffer from the same problem of not having any hard evidence. The bottom line is you can put the tubes back together in the majority of cases, but you cannot guarantee that a pregnancy will result. And that is regardless of the method of vasectomy and the time between the vasectomy and its reversal.

Where does the sperm go after the vasectomy?

A man does not eliminate all of the sperm he produces throughout life. The body is able to break down and re-absorb what is not otherwise ejected. The small volume of spermatic fluid containing the sperm is thus reabsorbed after vasectomy in a process that was present before the vasectomy. The prostate continues to make semen, however, which is ejaculated in the normal fashion after vasectomy…there’s just no sperm in it anymore. You don’t notice any difference after vasectomy in this way.

Does vasectomy cause cancer?

A statistical study released in 1996 apparently showed a slightly increased statistical risk of prostate cancer in men who had undergone vasectomy (the same study also showed a reduction in most causes of death in men who had undergone vasectomy!). Subsequent studies and further analysis indicated that there is, in fact, no difference in risk of cancer in men with or without vasectomy. One study of autopsies in men over age 90 indicated a 100% risk of cancer of the prostate in all men over 90 with or without vasectomy (most have not had a vasectomy). The bottom line appears to be that vasectomy doesn’t improve health, but it doesn’t make things worse either.

Does vasectomy change my sex drive or performance?

Many studies have been done looking at tens of thousands of men over decades after vasectomy. There is no evidence to suggest that vasectomy increases the risk of erectile dysfunction (difficulty getting an erection) or changes one’s sex drive or male sex hormone level. It is important to note that erection problems are common (about 40% of men aged 40 and about 2/3rds of men aged 70) and that these problems are often associated with other medical conditions that increase in frequency with age…with or without a vasectomy. Male sex hormone levels decline naturally with age…with or without a vasectomy. All things being equal, age should not preclude the enjoyment of healthy sexual activity.

Does vasectomy cause dementia?

Some women feel that their partners exhibit demented behaviour with or without a vasectomy. More seriously, no. There was a single study involving a rare form of dementia in which the researchers suggested that antibodies to sperm may be the cause. However, this form of dementia occurs in men with or without vasectomy and there is no evidence in the medical literature to suggest that vasectomy increases the risk.

Can I drink alcohol after my vasectomy?

If you haven’t taken valium, yes. Alcohol and Valium do not mix and so alcohol should not be consumed for some time after having taken Valium. Consult your pharmacist to determine when it will be safe for you to have a drink.

Can I take Advil?

You can take whatever you want. But if you want my advice, take what I prescribed for post-op pain.

Can I lift my children after the vasectomy?

You should try and not lift anything for one week after the procedure, including babies and children.

When can I start playing golf again?

Refrain from all activities for one week after your vasectomy and try to stay off your feet as much as possible.

Is it better to wait longer to get back to certain sports like Hockey?

You can wait as long as you like. However, in my experience, unless you are talking about horseback riding (where you are practically sitting on your testicles), easing back into most sporting activities is okay after 7 days. If your vasectomy was on April 1st, you can start easing back on April 8th. Not the 7th. Not the 6th…

Can I take a Sauna/bath/Jacuzzi/Whirlpool?

You don’t want to bathe the scrotum in hot water no matter what…hence the recommendation to ice the scrotum the day of surgery. Also, even if you have the wound closed with skin glue, it is pushing it a bit to be immersing yourself in water. Showers are fine.

Do I have to put ice on afterwards?

It is a good idea to ice the scrotum the day of the vasectomy.  A reusable gel ice pack can be placed over the support, not directly on the skin, for 20-30 minutes on and 30-60 minutes off. Repeat this every hour or at least 3 times a day for a few days.

What happens if I get an erection during the procedure?

Funny you should ask. Out of some 10,000+ vasectomies, I have seen this occur only once. It is not an issue.

Is there anyone else in the room during the procedure?

You will always be asked if someone else is to be present. On occasion the doctor has other physicians visiting to observe the procedure. All physicians greatly appreciate the opportunity to learn from others…but you may decline if you feel strongly otherwise. On the same note, however, no family members or partners will be allowed to attend. There is a difference between watching to learn as a physician and watching a loved one go through a surgical procedure.

Can I waterski/ride horseback/snowmobile/bike/ride a motorcycle/do martial arts?

The idea here is that you want to avoid trauma to the scrotum for 14 days after the vasectomy. If there is a risk of receiving a blow to the scrotum, wear a hard cup or don’t do it for 14 days. There is no harm in exercising…just not if you’re going to increase the risk of internal bleeding which will take you out of action for another few months.

How many procedures do you do in a day/week/month/year?

On average, 20 to 30 per day dedicated to vasectomies. Which means about 100 per week, 400 per month and 4000 for the year.

Why wait 12 weeks for testing after the vasectomy?

Because the sperm live for some time in your body. We want to be sure that enough time has passed so that all the sperm ‘downstream’ have died before doing the test. If your test shows zero sperm, it won’t be an issue. However, if a second test is necessary, and we find a few dead sperm (which is not unusual) we can be sure that they are just ‘leftovers’. Doing the test earlier risks finding these ‘leftovers’ still alive and then we have to wonder if they are new (meaning a failure of vasectomy) or old.

How soon can I travel afterward?

The considerations here are two-fold. Firstly, should a problem arise, it is a good idea to be able to come back to see the doctor to check things out. Secondly, you want to avoid lifting luggage. It’s probably best to consider avoiding travel for 7 days after the surgery.

If I take Valium, how long does it take to wear off?

For the most part, the Valium wears off after about 4 hours. You are advised to avoid driving for the remainder of the day of your vasectomy.

When can I shower afterwards?

If the glue was applied, you can shower immediately, but wait until you get home. Otherwise wait 24 hours or until the wound is closed.

Do I have to re-apply the glue?

No. The physician puts on a sufficient amount to last until the wound begins to close naturally.

Do the clips set off airport metal detectors?


Will vasectomy improve my singing?

Vasectomy doesn’t improve your voice or make you speak or sing in a high voice.

Is it better not to shower even if I have the glue?

With the glue, showering is really not a problem and you don’t have to wait. Just be gentle and don’t scrub the area.

Do I have to count the number of ejaculations before the test or is it 12 weeks no matter what?

12 weeks regardless of the number of ejaculations. We also recommend at least 20 ejaculations during that time.

Can I do the post-vasectomy test in 8 weeks instead of 12? How about 10 weeks instead of 12?

You can do the test before 12 weeks. But it will be useless regardless of the result. Most failures occur in the first 12 weeks. You can have a clear test at 11 weeks and then see sperm at 12. No matter how you figure it, 12 weeks is 12 weeks. Doesn’t matter if you’re going on a cruise or going to Las Vegas or whatever. We cannot give you the green light unless the test is done after 12 weeks and it is clear.

I’m worried because my mail-in sperm count showed sperm in the result and now I have to do another test. Does that mean the vasectomy failed?

At our clinic, vasectomy is better than 99.9% successful in the first 12 weeks (that is, 1:2,000 fail in this time period). But 5-10% of men will carry dead sperm in their ejaculate for months or years after their vasectomy…so the second test is to make sure that whatever sperm are there are dead. Our success rate after 12 weeks is better than 99.99%! Vasectomy is the most effective birth control method. Period.

How large is the ‘clip’?

It is about 5 millimeters long and placed in such a way that you will not be aware of it. However…if you search for it and poke around, you will cause inflammation and pain. It is normal to have a tiny lump at the point of the vasectomy, with or without a clip. Leave it alone!

Do I have to wear the support 24 hours a day? To sleep?

You should wear the support while you are awake for the first 7 days. You might be more comfortable wearing the support or snugly fitting underwear to bed, but that is your choice.

When can I pick up my kids? (I put this in again because it gets asked so many times!!)

3 guesses and the first 2 don’t count. No lifting for the first week.

Do I have to ejaculate 20 times before doing the test?

What you tell your partner is your business…but time is more important than the number of ejaculations. Do your test at least 12 weeks after the vasectomy regardless of the number of ejaculations, although I recommend at least 20 ejaculations.

How can a vasectomy fail if you’re cutting and burning the tubes?

The body has a remarkable ability to heal itself and, in rare cases, the tubes will ‘rejoin’ (about 3 in 1000 on average, 1 in 2000 cases for Dr. Bercier). Nothing in life is 100%. However, vasectomy has the lowest failure rate of any form of contraception. Period. Can it fail even after a clear test at 12 weeks? Yes, but this is extremely rare. You can test your semen every year, if you choose, but this is very seldom done.

What was the “older” technique and what is the advantage of “no-scalpel-no-needle”?

We used to use a scalpel, or knife, to cut through the skin and all the layers of tissue to get down to the vas deferens, the tube that carries the sperm. That means that we cut through blood vessels on the way down. With no-scalpel technique, we make a tiny opening and stretch it just enough to pull out the vas deferens and block it. By stretching a tiny opening, we push the blood vessels to the side instead of cutting through them. You would think that this results in less bleeding and that is precisely what it does…by about 90%. And remember that bleeding is the major painful complication of vasectomy. No-needle anaesthesia (freezing) uses a piston to push the lidocaine anaesthetic solution through the skin quickly and easily. Instead of a needle, you feel a ‘pop’ like a small rubber band against the skin. Aside from the fact that “you don’t have to get a needle down there”, this method results in a more rapid (seconds) and profound (deeper) freeze. Many men feel nothing during the vasectomy, others may feel some pressure or pulling, as a result of the better ‘freezing’.

Why did my vasectomy not ‘hurt’ until 3 days after?

The body responds to any injury or insult with what is called an inflammatory reaction. Your immune system gets geared up and the healing process begins. Everyone is different and some may not feel these effects for several days. It is also a function of how you are built and how difficult the vasectomy was…how much the doctor had to pull etc.. The anti-inflammatories that were suggested to you are just the right thing for this kind of discomfort. Of course, everyone has a different ‘pain threshold’ and one man might feel discomfort while the next feels nothing at all.

Will it hurt to pee (urinate)?


What holds the testicles if you cut the tube?

The vas deferens, the tube that carries the sperm, is only one of many structures that hold the testicles in place. There are blood vessels and other tissues that provide support and these are not disturbed. Your testicles will still be supported after the vasectomy, they won’t roll around loosely in your scrotum.

Can any lab do the post-vasectomy test?

No and yes. The lab we recommend processes literally thousands of tests each year for us according to our exacting specifications. Other labs may also infrequently perform such tests. In general, it is best to have the test done where they are most familiar with doing it.

Will the sample remain fresh in the mail? Won’t it go bad?

The mail-in option for post-vasectomy testing has been used in England for over 10 years with great success. They receive samples from as far away as Indonesia! In some cases the sample has been in the postal system for 2 weeks without a problem. If you follow our instructions, the sample will be fine.

When can I start swimming?

What do you think? If the wound was closed with glue, you may shower but not bathe. I’d say swimming is closer to a bath than a shower… 7 days!

Does the hair grow back after you shave?

You bet it does.

What can I do about the itching when the hair starts to grow back?

You’ve got to be kidding! If your worst problem is itching, I’d say you have little to worry about. Just don’t apply any creams or ointments to the skin until the little wound is completely healed and closed (usually a few days).

How soon will I know if there are complications?

Most complications will occur in the first week. This is the really critical period. But you don’t want to traumatize the area (like horseback riding) for the first 14 days. Most other activities that don’t involve an impact to the scrotum are unlikely to cause problems after the first week. Rarely problems can arise after the first week.

Does it hurt when you cut the tube during the vasectomy?

In a word…no.

What can I expect in the first few days after my vasectomy?

You really have to go back and read the “After the Vasectomy” section on this website or in your pamphlet.

What happens if you cut the wrong tube?

That would be terrible! If the testicular artery were cut, it might result in loss of the testicle. Fortunately, this is not a common problem and has never occurred in Dr. Bercier’ career. The vas deferens has a characteristic feel to the surgeon who performs lots of vasectomies and it would be very difficult to mix it up with something else.

How do I know if it’s okay to start exercising?

You’ll have to take my word for it, ease back into your exercise after one week. Of course, you’ll know if you can’t start exercising if you continue to have pain or discomfort. Otherwise, if you are feeling okay, consider that a sign that you can go ahead.

Do I have to abstain from sexual activity prior to the vasectomy?

No. Have all the fun you want before…just don’t ejaculate for one week after.

Can I have oral sex in the first week after the vasectomy?

Some say it is better to give than to receive. In the first seven days you may give, but you cannot receive. No ejaculation for 7 days.

When you say not to ejaculate for a week, does that include masturbation?

That’s one of those Bill Clinton questions again. Ejaculation is ejaculation, no matter which bus gets you to the station.

Can I sleep with my partner in the “spoon” position?

Yes, if your partner says that it’s okay with them.

How long is a week?

Oh, let me think a little. Oh, yes, it’s seven days!

Are my testicles going to shrink?

I hope not! Vasectomy does not cause the testicles to change in size.

Can I climb stairs?

Do it if you have to. I think it’s pretty clear that you want to be off your feet as much as possible for a week. Climbing a few stairs from time to time and within reason should not be an issue.

Can I donate blood before or after a vasectomy?

Before should not be a problem. After…you have to ask Canadian Blood Services what their policy is.

Can my wife cut the tubes?

Not unless you’re having the baby. Secondly, did you ask her if she wanted to? Third, unlike a birth, everything is sterile…so, sorry, but no.

Nothing hurts…did you do the operation?

There’s no bruising, no swelling, no pain…maybe nothing was done. A. I only put this in because I have actually received a number of these calls. I could not believe that some patients are angry at not experiencing pain! I don’t guarantee a totally pain-free experience, but if it does happen, please be thankful and don’t be angry!

Okay, you got this far. Let me leave you with a few infamous quotations:

  • You know “that look” women get when they want sex? Me neither. –Steve Martin
  • Having sex is like playing bridge. If you don’t have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand. –Woody Allen
  • Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night. –Rodney Dangerfield
  • Sex at age 90 is like trying to shoot pool with a rope. –George Burns
  • Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships. –Sharon Stone
  • My girlfriend always laughs during sex – no matter what she’s reading. –Steve Jobs
  • Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is. –Barbara Bush
  • See, the problem is that God gave men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time. –Robin Williams


Colin LumsdenColin Lumsden
20:45 21 Mar 24
Great experience, on time, ready, clear and the receptionist was outstanding. The "blue balls" upon exit was a great touch to add an element of fun to the experience. Highly recommend Dr. Bercier and team!
Corey LecoursCorey Lecours
19:53 21 Mar 24
Great care from the staff
19:38 21 Mar 24
terry luterry lu
23:50 20 Mar 24
I would highly recommend Dr Bercier. They are very well organized there and I was in and out in 15 to 20 mins.
Kevin AmesburyKevin Amesbury
20:20 20 Mar 24
Great service, quick turnaround and excellent communication. I recommend this clinic to everyone I know. Truly a cut above the rest!
Dave TurnbullDave Turnbull
21:26 07 Mar 24
Fast, efficient, business friendly, professional, and painless. Great work. Just follow their instructions regarding before and after procedure and all will be fine. That's how I see it.
Chris ClairmontChris Clairmont
21:50 06 Mar 24
I was very hesitant to book and honestly a little frightened. Upon showing up it was very thorough , very fast and felt absolutely nothing . Leave your pride at the door , and get it on the way out . I had over thought the process , and it was really done before I knew it .I did feel the after care amount of 170$ was quite steep as I feel most of which should be covered under ohip , 50$ for the glue he used? , 12$ for 2 condoms ? Was made mandatory to pay before but on the after care sheet was stated as an option .all in all , I am happy it’s done . And anyone looking to book , know it was a real easy , painless procedure .
Francois DubeFrancois Dube
21:05 06 Mar 24
My appointment was at 10:20, I got there a 10 and at 10:22 I was in my car riding back home. Professional, quick and effective procedure. Did not feel a thing while the doc was performing the vasectomy. 100% recommend this place.
Create , incredible... Make easy service ! The Doctor was relax and very professional! The attitude and the overall atmosphere was very noice and casual
Andre ComtoisAndre Comtois
16:37 06 Feb 24
This clinic is great. They've really perfected the craft. In and out, takes longer to sign in than it does to get the procedure done. Procedure was painless. And I left with no risidual pain either. A big thank you to Dr. Bercier and his team.Note - As part of your mental prep for this procedure, make sure you know what music you want to have playing while it happens. Or else you may end up hearing The Dixie Chicks when you really don't want to hear them.
The best!!!! If I could do the operation again, I would do it again without hesitation! Dr Bercier is the doctor of the situation, my Doctor, our Doctor quite simply! In addition, its painless technique is positioned from afar, in the allegorical floats, in front of the parade, whatever. 🙌🙌🙌🙌Dr Bercier, THANK YOU
My vasectomy with Dr. Dumais went very well. I was worried, but she told me to settle down and not to worry. Well, without other options, I settle into my greatest vulnerability. No discomfort or pain felt. According to some reviews, the post-op kit contains unnecessary items. This is not the case. I try to add a photo of the work, but it doesn’t work :/ Thank you Dre Dumais
Vasovasostomy by Dr. Bercier. Efficient, professional and dedicated. Strongly recommended!
Mike VetteseMike Vettese
02:13 12 Oct 23
The staff and Dr Bercier have created a very calm experience. In and on within 15 mins and the actual procedure was seriously 2 mins. Best in the biz!
Maxx LMaxx L
00:12 06 Oct 23
Amazing. In and out in 20 minutes. Healing is going very well. Hardly feel a thing. In all honesty it's pretty nice to get a few days just to relax. Keep it up!
Rob CarterRob Carter
21:19 02 Aug 23
Had my vasectomy performed by Dr Dumais, who has taken over for Dr Weiss who has since retired. She was absolutely excellent. Great bedside manner, clear explanations of what was happening and any potential discomfort that might be felt during each step. Entire procedure from freezing to finish took under 10 minutes.Before beginning Dr Bercier confirmed my age (31), that I had no children, and that I was 100% certain I never wanted to have any (and that my partner felt the same way). She reiterated that while surgical reversal is sometimes possible, the procedure should be considered permanent.Nurses/office staff were friendly and efficient. Got up from the table a bit too quick and ended up sitting down in the chair and fainting. They were right on top of things and immediately went into their usual routine for when those things happen. We had a little chuckle about it, and at no point did it feel weird or judgemental which I very much appreciated.A couple of other notes based on some things mentioned in a few other reviews here:- Total out of pocket fees are $170, consisting of a $20 deposit and $150 on the day of the procedure. Those costs are detailed in the attached photo of the “Pre and Post Vasectomy Kit”. As detailed on the page patients can choose to pay only for the specific items/services they want, and they also give you a week post-procedure to request a refund and pay only for the needed items. This information is not provided anywhere before going in, so most will just pay the $170 and be done with it. While some of these costs are certainly quite highly inflated, they do help make up for the fairly minimal compensation the clinic receives from OHIP for each procedure.- Website is a bit of a mess, although most of the important bits are easy to find (and all the most important info is attached to the emails you’ll get). Specifically one thing they have changed is that you do *not* need to travel to the office to pick up your vasectomy package before the procedure! You are given it after your appointment just before leaving.- To the few complaining about pain/discomfort lasting more than the first week and “not being made aware of the risks”… did you not bother to fully read through the documentation available both on the website as well as repeatedly sent to you in the emails? All of the risks and rates of various complications are explicitly laid out in advance. Every body is different, and there is a small chance of a variety of complications. Choosing to ignore the provided information and then complaining that you wouldn’t have gone through with it if you knew is just ridiculous.One last recommendation for the doctors here: I highly recommend investing the few thousand dollars towards having a professional web design company re-build you a new website from the ground up. The current site is a mess, particularly on modern phones, and this is something that will radically improve the patient experience.Edit 2023/10/24: Wow, the new website is looking great!
Gaignun KukaiGaignun Kukai
03:43 18 Jul 23
Dr. Valerie Dumois did my vasectomy, and she was really quite kind willing to answer questions. It was for the most part painless and the pain you feel is minimal. Reception was also pretty great they answered all my questions to male sire I heal properly. Was great meeting them all and doing it the modern way or a scalpel and needle is definitely in every males favour. Thank you so much for being such great people
Garlic Jr.Garlic Jr.
18:19 06 Jul 23
Half an hour to my appointment they told me to wait outside(35 degrees celcius) until exactly my appointment. Dr. Bercier if you can call him a doctor had the most rude and disrespectful attitude I've had from a doctor. I asked him three questions to which he said he didn't care. During the procedure I simply asked how long does it take and he replied with "How long do you think it takes? Did you see me with the other patients?" I think his attitude was racially motivated because I'm not French. Don't come here! Go somewhere else!
19:58 19 Jun 23
Great clinic, 5 stars all around. Leading up to the appointment they provide you with fantastic information that explains everything in detail. Great communication, super organized, friendly and professional. Everyone from reception, to the nurse, to the doctor - all were pleasant, efficient, and professional. It was a huge piece of mind. The doctor played my choice of music during the procedure. It was practically painless, with only minor discomfort for a brief moment, and it was quick. I am now recovering comfortably with very detailed instructions about how to enhance my recovery. Thank you Dr. Weiss and Dr. Bercier! Highly recommend.
Louis KearnsLouis Kearns
16:14 28 Apr 23