Docteur Jean-Philippe Bercier BSc, MD, CCFP



Get the Facts About Vasectomy

What You May Not Know about Vasectomy, but You Should

Vasectomies are a highly effective method of permanent birth control for men. It’s estimated that about 20% of Canadian men opt for vasectomy. Even so, there are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about the procedure. Let’s clear up some of the confusion by giving you the facts.

You May Still Need Birth Control Following the Vasectomy for a Short Time

A vasectomy is the most effective method of birth control after abstinence, but directly following the vasectomy, you can still impregnate a woman. There may be sperm in the stream above the snip, which can enter the ejaculate. About three months after the procedure, we can test the ejaculate for sperm to give you peace of mind.

Recovery is Easy

A vasectomy doesn’t take much time in the clinic, about 10 to 15 minutes and you’ll be going home. Plan to sit on a couch with an ice bag. Enjoy some TV time. You may feel some discomfort, but it will be minimal. You should try to give yourself at least two to three days to rest and take it easy after your vasectomy. Most men can resume physical activity in a week.

Your Vasectomy Doesn’t Affect Your Sex Life

Vasectomies do not affect your hormone levels. You still produce testosterone and sperm. You can have sex and ejaculate. It feels the same as before. Vasectomy doesn’t lead to erectile dysfunction (ED), either. A vasectomy only affects the way the sperm travels. You shouldn’t notice any difference in your ejaculate. Sperm only makes up about 2 to 5% of the total volume. Once you are given the all-clear from our clinic, you can enjoy intimacy without worrying about getting a woman pregnant.

Get Your Questions About Vasectomy Answered

It can be difficult to talk about a vasectomy, but if you’re considering it, know that you’re not alone. Many men who have had a vasectomy will talk about it. The important first step is to make an appointment with a doctor to discuss your concerns and questions. Book an appointment with Dr. Jean-Philippe Bercier to learn more.