A vasectomy is an excellent choice for a man who does not want to father more children. It is highly effective, there is little discomfort, and it is a much smaller procedure than the operation for a woman.
How to prepare for your appointment
- Please read all of the information on this webpage and complete the Vasectomy Patient Profile Form to bring with you to your appointment.
- Bring your valid Provincial Health Card to both appointments. Quebec (RAMQ) patients will be required to pay $100.00 for additional costs not covered by your provincial health plan. The fee is payable at the first visit.
How to Book your Vasectomy Appointment
- Book your appointment by phone at (613) 564-3950 or in person at 100 Marie Curie.
- To cancel your vasectomy appointment with Health Services, fill out the online appointment cancellation form, or cancel your appointment by phone at 613-564-3950. Consult our Missed Appointment Policy for more information
Vasectomy Appointments Details
Although a referral is preferred, patients without a family doctor may be given an appointment without a referral. Contact us at 613-564-3950 to book your appointment.
Two appointments are required for this procedure.
First visit – 10 minutes:
During this 10-minute consultation, your physician will explain the vasectomy procedure and you will be given an opportunity to ask questions. Bring the completed Vasectomy Patient Profile Form with you.
- Remember to bring your valid OHIP or RAMQ card with you to your appointment.
Second visit – 30 minutes:
The surgery will take place at your second appointment. The procedure takes 10-15 minutes.
- Plan to have someone drive you home after the operation.
- If you have a physical occupation, plan to be off work or on light duties for one week following the procedure.
- Remember to bring your valid Provincial Health Card with you to your appointment.
General Vasectomy Information
A vasectomy is an operation designed to make you permanently infertile. An operation can be done to reverse a vasectomy, but a vasectomy reversal is a delicate and expensive operation that is not always successful.
Because a vasectomy should be considered permanent and irreversible, you obviously will want to look carefully at your family situation before deciding to have the operation. If you have any doubts, don't have a vasectomy! Highly effective non-permanent methods of birth control are widely available, including birth control pills, a hormone-releasing skin patch, a hormone-releasing vaginal ring, condoms and spermicide, and an intrauterine contraceptive device.
The front of the scrotum may appear to be bruised shortly after surgery, and a small amount of swelling is normal. Some men say they notice a very slight change in the height or position of their testicles. A small lump may be felt above each testicle where the tubes were blocked.
In summary, vasectomy is generally a safe, minor operation intended to make you permanently infertile. The failure rate is low, and complications are uncommon. Although your semen will no longer contain sperm, your body will function the same after your vasectomy as it did before; in fact, your sex life may improve when you no longer have to worry about an unplanned pregnancy.
When you see the doctor, you will be asked if you have any questions. Also, the doctor will examine your scrotum to see if any difficulties are anticipated prior to planning a vasectomy.Bruce Eveleigh MD 2011-10-16
There is another option worth considering. It is called Mirena. This is a relatively new birth control method for women. It is also used for reducing menstrual bleeding and pain. The reason we are providing this information now is that many couples change their minds about vasectomy once they learn about Mirena.
Mirena is a tiny flexible plastic “T” that fits inside the uterus. It is inserted through the opening in the cervix. The insertion takes only a minute in most women. It lasts 5 years, and can then be replaced with a new Mirena.
A Mirena is similar to the old "IUD", but more effective as a contraceptive. It does not have the side effects of IUDs from many years ago. The lining of the uterus absorbs a miniscule amount of progestin from it each day. Compared with "the pill", it delivers no estrogen and only about 20% progestin. Progestin reduces thickening of the lining of the uterus. A thinner uterine lining results in less menstrual bleeding and cramping. Less bleeding means less iron deficiency (a common cause of fatigue, hair loss and memory problems). Also, a thinner uterine lining reduces the risk of cancer.
Mirena is prescribed by a doctor and bought at a pharmacy. Ask your insurance provider if your plan covers this product.
If your family doctor does not insert Mirena, you can be referred to another doctor who does. In addition to vasectomies, Dr. Eveleigh also performs Mirena insertions. Appointments are usually available within a couple of weeks.
If you change your mind about having a vasectomy, cancel your appointment online or contact us as soon as possible at 613-564-3950 so that your consultation appointment can be given to someone else.