The first step is of course to ensure that you have made a fully informed and considered decision.
Please review information on our site and elsewhere and proceed only if you feel confident and happy with your choice.
Important Questions Before Having a Vasectomy
How can I be sure I want a vasectomy?
- You don’t want to father a child under any circumstances.
- You want to enjoy sex without worrying about pregnancy.
- You want to save your partner from the surgery involved in having her tubes closed, which carries a higher risk and failure rate.
If this is true in your case, then a vasectomy may be right for you.
Talk to your partner- it’s a good idea to make this decision together. Consider other kinds of birth control. Talk to a friend or relative who has had a vasectomy. Think about how you would feel if your partner had an unplanned pregnancy. Talk to a doctor, nurse or family planning counselor.
A vasectomy might not be right for you if:
You are very young, your current relationship is not stable, you are having the vasectomy just to please your partner, you are under a lot of stress, or you are counting on being able to reverse the procedure later.
Vasectomy reversal is a more complicated operation than the original vasectomy procedures. Reversal success rates are up to 70% and vary based on how long it has been since the original surgery. Intramed does not offer vasectomy reversals.
Please also be aware that Alberta Health does not cover vasectomy for men who have had a previous vasectomy.
Eight reasons for having a No-Scalpel Vasectomy
- No incision
- No needle
- No stitches
- Faster procedure
- Less chance of bleeding and other complications
- Less discomfort
- Faster recovery
- Just as effective
Can a No-Scalpel Vasectomy be reversed?
Yes, but reversal operations are expensive and not always successful. If you are thinking about reversal, perhaps vasectomy is not right for you. We definitely recommend that you consider vasectomy a permanent form of contraception when making your decision. Pre-vasectomy Sperm Banking (cryopreservation) is a good idea for almost anyone considering a vasectomy. Ask our staff for details.