Docteur Jean-Philippe Bercier BSc, MD, CCFP



What Should I Know About Getting a Vasectomy in Montreal and Quebec?

What Should I Know About Getting a Vasectomy in Montreal and Quebec?

A vasectomy is a method of birth control that renders a man unable to father children. This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis without general anesthesia. Vasectomies are nearly 100% effective in preventing births, but they do not protect against sexually transmitted diseases. If you’re considering a vasectomy in Montreal, here’s what you should know.  

What Are the 4 Main Steps Involved in a Vasectomy Procedure?  

  • Introduction – a consult with the doctor to discuss your health and medical history to determine whether a vasectomy is right for you.  
  • Preparation – the day before your surgery, you will need to shave the scrotum. The day of the surgery, you should eat breakfast or lunch as regular. Arrange for someone to drive you home.  
  • Operation – the procedure takes less than 15 minutes in the clinic.  
  • Recovery – rest for 24 hours. Only allow yourself some light activity for the next few days.  


How Much Time Off Will I Need to Take from Work for a Vasectomy?  

Most men return to work three to five days after a vasectomy. You will need to rest the first couple of days after your vasectomy in Montreal. You can increase your activity level as you feel better, but you must be careful to avoid heavy lifting and sports for a week or two after your vasectomy. Your doctor can discuss the specifics with you based on your lifestyle.  

I Can’t Wait 2 Years for a Vasectomy in Quebec, Do I Have an Option?  

A private vasectomy clinic in Hawkesbury might be the answer to your problem. From downtown Montreal, the drive to Hawkesbury is just about an hour. Although we do charge a reorientation fee of 95$, the RAMQ covers the consultation fee and vasectomy fee for Quebec residents.   

Can I Afford to Pay for a Vasectomy in Quebec? Come to Ontario!  

A vasectomy in Hawkesbury is free for Quebec residents with RAMQ. Our wait time for appointments is much less than the 2 years in the public system. Our fees are much less than the private sector clinics in Quebec. We can get you in quickly within a few weeks for the procedure in most cases.  

Can I Have a Vasectomy Without General Anesthesia?  

Yes, a vasectomy is performed without general anesthesia. We use a local anesthetic that numbs the skin to about 5 MM, which is just enough to cut the vas deferens. There are no stitches. We only make a small hole that closes up by itself within 2 to 3 days. Most patients manage their pain with over-the-counter analgesics. Your doctor will give you instructions.  

Will I Be Able to Travel Back Soon from Hawkesbury to Montreal After My Vasectomy?  

You can leave the vasectomy clinic in Hawkesbury after your surgery. You should arrange for someone to do the driving so you don’t put pressure on the area. It may feel uncomfortable. When you get home, put an ice pack on your scrotum to reduce the pain and swelling.  

How Big Is the Wound and How Many Sutures Will I Need in a Vasectomy?  

During your vasectomy, the surgeon only makes a small hole to snip the vas deferens. It’s about 5 mm long. This wound generally heals by itself within 2-3 days. The wound does not need any sutures. We do recommend wearing tight underwear for a few days following the surgery to support the scrotum.  

I Need an Immediate Birth Control Method. Is a Vasectomy the Right Choice?  

A vasectomy does not provide immediate protection against pregnancy. It takes 12 weeks for the sperm in your semen to fully clear out. You will be asked to provide a sperm sample to the clinic to be tested to determine if there are sperm in your semen. Use another form of birth control until your doctor confirms that there are no sperm in your semen.  

Will a Vasectomy Render Me Sexually Inactive?  

A vasectomy does not affect your hormones, so it should not have any affect on your sex drive or masculinity. Some men even have more sexual satisfaction following the vasectomy. A vasectomy simply prevents you from fathering a child. Your vasectomy does not increase your risk of cancers or heart disease.  

What Happens if I Change My Mind After a Vasectomy? Can It Be Reversed?  

A vasectomy is considered permanent birth control, but there is an operation that can reverse the vasectomy. A vasovasostomy restores sperm in ejaculation. The success rate of a vasectomy reversal in Montreal depends on the duration of time since the original vasectomy and the method of vasectomy. Contact our clinic to make an appointment to discuss this procedure.  

Get More Information About Vasectomies  

Although vasectomies are becoming more mainstream, many men still have questions. Dr. Bercier is happy to consult with you about your vasectomy to help you make an informed decision. He will answer any of your concerns about vasectomy. Our Hawkesbury clinic has appointments just a few weeks out, but we also have clinics in Ottawa and Montreal. Book your appointment for a consultation.  


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.
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.