Docteur Jean-Philippe Bercier BSc, MD, CCFP



Vasectomy Ottawa

Will You Gain Weight and Feel Less Energetic After a Vasectomy?

It’s a common theory that many dogs and cats that are neutered have less energy and can gain weight after their surgery. One study from 2013 proved this idea. Some people believe that the same thing happens to men who get vasectomies. This is one of the misconceptions about vasectomy. If you’re thinking about getting a vasectomy at an Ottawa clinic, get the facts to make an informed decision.

How Does a Vasectomy Work?

In a vasectomy operation, the doctor uses anesthesia to numb the area. The doctor makes a small opening in the scrotum to cut the vas deferens, the tube that carries the sperm from the testicle into the urethra. One end of the tube is cauterized to make it close up. No stitching is required. The procedure takes about 10 minutes. When you leave the clinic, you go home to rest. Many men go back to work after 48 hours of reduced activity. We recommend acetaminophen or an anti-inflammatory drug, like ibuprofen or naproxen, for pain if you need it.

A Vasectomy Doesn’t Affect Hormones

When a pet is neutered, the testicles are usually removed, which affects their activity levels. This is why dogs and cats can gain weight after their procedure. A vasectomy is designed as birth control, preventing sperm in the semen. It does not affect virility, because the testicles are left intact. Your body will still produce sperm and hormones. Sexual desire and function are not affected by a vasectomy. Most men don’t even notice a reduction in the reproductive fluids, because spermatozoa only make up about 5% of the volume of semen. A vasectomy is a form of permanent birth control, nothing more.

Why You Still Need Birth Control After Your Vasectomy

It’s recommended that you use birth control for about 12 weeks after your vasectomy. Sperm can be stored in the vas deferens for a few weeks after your procedure. Our clinic has you bring in a semen sample about three months after your vasectomy for analysis. You can be assured that there is no sperm in your system when you get this analysis.

Still Have Questions About a Vasectomy?

A vasectomy doesn’t affect your masculinity. It is a very effective method to prevent pregnancy, but there are still many misconceptions that can worry you. The best way to get your questions answered is to get a consultation with an expert. Make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Jean-Philippe Bercier in Ottawa to get the correct information. Together, you and your doctor can decide if this surgery fits your needs.