Docteur Jean-Philippe Bercier BSc, MD, CCFP



Top 10 Benefits of a Vasectomy

Top 10 Benefits of a Vasectomy

A vasectomy may not be the first choice for birth control, but it is a highly effective method to prevent future pregnancies. If you’re not sure whether a vasectomy in Ottawa is right for you, consider the benefits of a vasectomy before discounting the idea of one.

  1. Vasectomies are usually covered by insurance – Vasectomies can be cost-effective over other types of birth control even if you have to pay a portion of the cost.
  2. Vasectomies are very effective – The chance of getting pregnant when a partner has a vasectomy is less than 1%.
  3. Vasectomies are low risk surgeries.
  4. Vasectomies do not require general anesthesia. The risk of complications like pain, infection and bleeding is low (ranges from 0.1% to 2%).
  5. The surgery is done in your doctor’s office – In Dr. Bercier’s office, the procedure takes about 10 minutes.
  6. The recovery is quick – Men go home right after the surgery and return to work in a few days.
  7. You get a chance to lounge around for a couple of days! – Although the recovery is quick, you do need to take it easy for 48 to 72 hours.
  8. You reduce the burden for birth control on your partner – Contraception decisions are often borne by the woman in the relationship. A vasectomy balances the scales.
  9. Vasectomies give you sexual freedom – If you’ve ever worried about your partner taking the pill or breaking the condom, a vasectomy increases your peace of mind.
  10. Vasectomies are reversible – Vasectomies are considered a permanent form of birth control, but men do get vasectomy reversals.


Keep in mind that vasectomies do not prevent STDs. You will need another form of birth control for about 3 months after the procedure. Reversal surgery does have a high success rate, but it is not guaranteed.


Is a Vasectomy Right for You?

Getting a vasectomy is a serious decision. If you’ve given it serious thought and are sure that you don’t want children, a vasectomy is a good choice to avoid an unintended pregnancy. You should discuss it with your partner and your doctor before you have the surgery. If you hesitate because you’re not sure if you want more children or not, you’re probably not ready to have a vasectomy. If you have concerns about the procedure, make a consultation to discuss your questions with a doctor who can give you peace of mind.

Make an appointment with Dr. Bercier for a vasectomy consultation.