Docteur Jean-Philippe Bercier BSc, MD, CCFP



What Are The Facts About Getting A Vasectomy?

Myths Busted! What Are The Facts About Getting A Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a type of permanent birth control for men in which the vas deferens is blocked or closed to prevent sperm from getting to the semen. Although the procedure is very common, there are many misconceptions about vasectomies. Dr. Jean-Philippe Bercier is an esteemed expert in the field, practicing in three vasectomy clinics in Montreal, Hawkesbury and Ottawa. He addresses your concerns and sheds light on various aspects of the vasectomy procedure, from potential risks and side effects to its impact on sexual function and long-term effects. With his expertise and compassionate approach, Dr. Bercier will ensure that you have the necessary facts to make an informed decision about this popular form of contraception. 

Are there any risks or side effects associated with a vasectomy? 

Dr. Bercier assures us that a vasectomy is generally a safe and effective procedure, performed on an outpatient basis in his Ottawa, Hawkesbury and Montreal vasectomy clinics. Dr. Bercier uses a non-invasive method which doesn’t require a needle or a scalpel. However, like any medical procedure, there are potential risks and side effects including bleeding, infection and chronic pain. He emphasizes that these complications are relatively rare and should not deter you from considering a vasectomy as a viable option. Book an appointment at one of his clinics to get answers to any of your questions about the procedure. 

Can a vasectomy increase your risk of prostate cancer or other health problems? 

According to Dr. Bercier, there is no scientific evidence to support any claim that a vasectomy increases the risk of prostate cancer or any other health problems. You can trust in the fact that vasectomy is a safe and reliable form of contraception. 

Is it true that a vasectomy is irreversible? 

Dr. Bercier also offers a vasectomy reversal at his Montreal, Hawkesbury and Ottawa clinics but he emphasizes that success rates of a reversal vary and they are not guaranteed. It’s important to understand that vasectomy is considered a permanent form of contraception and should be considered carefully with this in mind 

How long does it take to recover from a vasectomy? 

Dr. Bercier advises that the recovery time for vasectomy is generally pretty short. Most men can resume their regular activities within a few days. However, he recommends that you avoid any heavy lifting and strenuous exercise for about a week after the procedure. Any temporary discomfort and swelling are normal and can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medications until they subside, usually within a few days. 

Do you need to use another form of contraception after vasectomy? 

Dr. Bercier stresses the importance of using an additional form of contraception for three months following the vasectomy.  

Will you experience any long-term effects or complications from vasectomy? 

Dr. Bercier assures patients that in most cases, a vasectomy does not result in long-term effects or complications. However, he acknowledges that a small percentage of men may experience chronic testicular pain or discomfort following the procedure, known as post-vasectomy pain syndrome. He emphasizes the importance of seeking appropriate medical care to manage and address this condition if it arises. 


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
Marc BourgonMarc Bourgon
17:45 11 May 22
The process of getting my vasectomy was quite efficient. From walking in the office door to sitting down in my car again was only 20 minutes. The staff was very friendly in greeting you and providing instructions and Dr. Bercier was pleasant to deal with, friendly and gentle. Dare I say the experience was enjoyable! Any trepidation one has about the procedure, don’t worry! Thanks to all.