Myths Busted! What Are The Facts About Getting A Vasectomy? 28 Jun
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.