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The Gentle Vasectomy for the Active Man

MSI Vasectomy (formerly Marie Stopes Australia) is Australia’s largest, independently accredited vasectomy provider helping men take full control of their reproductive choices.

20 years of vasectomy experience in Australia

Highest standard No Scalpel Open Ended technique

IV Sedation or Local Anaesthetic available

Minimal or no Gap with Private Health Insurance

Only $480
with Medicare

VASECTOMY - AUSTRALIA

Australia's Largest Vasectomy Provider

MSI Vasectomy are the largest of Australia’s independently accredited vasectomy providers, helping men take full control of their reproductive choices. For the last 20 years, we have championed the rights of Australians to access high-quality, reliable family planning and vasectomy services. In that time, over 600,000 Australians have trusted us with their sexual and reproductive health needs.

Our virtually painless anaesthetic delivery technique is the benchmark in vasectomy procedures. Pioneered by our lead vasectomist Dr Justin Low, the technique has been found to reduce sensations of pain caused by the local anaesthetic needle for most patients – with 79% reporting experiencing less pain than expected or no pain at all.

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For the last 20 years we have championed the rights of Australians to access high-quality, reliable family planning and vasectomy services.
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Over 600,000 Australians have trusted us with their sexual and reproductive health needs.

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MSI Australia has 30 vasectomy locations across Australia, staffed by doctors and nurses who are dedicated specialists in reproductive healthcare.

In 2022 we changed our name to MSI Australia, before which we were known as Marie Stopes Australia. Marie Stopes (1880-1958) was known for her contributions to family planning, but she was also a eugenicist. This change is an important gesture to move away from ties to eugenics, colonisation, racism and paternalism for which family planning services were known. MSI Australia is a non-profit organisation, part of the MSI Reproductive Choices global partnership, which provides life-changing health services to over 25 million people in need each year.

WHY CHOOSE US FOR YOUR VASECTOMY IN AUSTRALIA?

Why Choose Us

As the only national vasectomy provider in Australia, MSI Vasectomy operates under a patient-first philosophy. We constantly monitor, report, and review our complication and satisfaction rates for surgical procedures.

All of our patients are fully supported by a specialised team of practitioners, ensuring you get the best standard of care before, during and after your appointment.

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Technology
Our vasectomy doctors perform the most modern, effective and safe vasectomy procedure (no scalpel, open ended vasectomy) and only use technologies that have been approved for use in Australia.
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Anaesthetic

Our virtually painless anaesthetic delivery technique is the benchmark in vasectomy procedures. Pioneered by our lead vasectomist Dr Justin Low, the virtually painless needle technique has been found to reduce sensations of pain caused by the local anaesthetic needle for most patients.

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Medicare
In a Medical Centre we do all the Medicare claiming for you so you will receive your Medicare refund quickly. Some other providers make you claim back yourself which is time consuming and can delay your refund.
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Insurance

Our accreditation and licensing means we are one of the very few vasectomy providers able to offer private health insurance claiming to our patients. Many of our clinics are eligible for private health rebates for vasectomy procedures.

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Prices
Our vasectomy prices include a range of free support services such as access to over the phone interpreters, pre-care advice and 24-hour aftercare, giving you round the clock access to us.
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Support
All of our patients are fully supported by a specialised team of practitioners, ensuring you get the best standard of care before, during and after your appointment with us.
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What is a Vasectomy

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure for men who have decided not to have more, or any, children. It is the only permanent method of contraception for men and has a failure rate of approximately 0.1% and is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in Australia, with over 29,000 men having one each year.

A vasectomy involves cutting the tubes that move sperm from the testicles to the penis and after the procedure, ejaculated semen will not contain any sperm. Sperm is the component that leads to pregnancy. After a vasectomy however, it will be reabsorbed into your body through your tissue instead of being integrated into your semen.

For more information about our accredited day surgeries and how they’re performing against the industry’s clinical standards, visit the MSI Australia website.

VASECTOMY SERVICES IN AUSTRALIA

Our Vasectomy Procedure

Before considering a vasectomy it is important to understand that you should regard it as an irreversible process. Whilst vasectomy reversal services do exist, we do not offer this procedure and we advise our patients to treat their vasectomy as non-reversible. Reversals are very expensive, not normally covered by health insurance and do not have a 100% success rate.
 
Open-ended
Vasectomy

An open-ended vasectomy only closes the upper part of the tube, leaving the end connected to the testicle completely open. This allows the sperm to be released within the scrotum, which is not noticeable as the volume is very small. The sperm are naturally reabsorbed and there is a smaller chance of congestive epididymitis and other complications.

No Scalpel
Vasectomy

Before the no scalpel technique, many vasectomies would require a scalpel incision and therefore, sutures. A no scalpel vasectomy only requires a single small puncture in the skin with no stitches. We do this with a specially designed set of forceps which decreases the chance of infection and minimises the chance of pain.

Some vasectomies may be advertised as a ‘no scalpel, no needle’ procedure. Before booking with one of these practitioners it is important to ensure that they are doing this with devices approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as there are currently no devices capable of delivering a local anaesthetic through the skin that is TGA-approved.

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Anaesthetic
Options

At MSI Australia we provide a comprehensive service where both IV sedation (IV) and local anaesthetic (LA) are available. Our LA painless anaesthetic delivery technique means many patients report experiencing little to no pain when the local anaesthetic is injected.

Read the IV Sedation (IV) versus Local Anaesthetic (LA) FAQ to learn more about these options.

HOW MUCH DOES A VASECTOMY COST IN AUSTRALIA?

Vasectomy Cost

Our accreditation and licensing means we are one of the very few vasectomy providers able to offer private health insurance claiming to our patients. Many of our clinics are eligible for private health rebates for vasectomy procedures.

Choose Your Type of Insurance

  • Medicare Only
  • Private Health Insurance & Medicare
  • No Medicare
Medical Centre
$480 out of pocket after Medicare refund. *
Private Day Hospital
With Local Anaesthetic: $1,050
Exceptions:
Adelaide: $695
Townsville: $650

With Intravenous Sedation: $1,250
MSI Day SurgeryWith Local Anaesthetic: $690
With Intravenous Sedation: $750
*You will pay $722.45 including $100 deposit and get $242.45 back leaving $480 out of pocket.
Private Day HospitalVasectomy With Local Anaesthetic or
Intravenous Sedation:
Minimal or No Gap*
MSI Day SurgeryVasectomy With Local Anaesthetic or
Intravenous Sedation:
Minimal or No Gap*
* Maximum $100 gap and you will still pay your excess which generally remains valid for the whole calendar year.
Medical Centre $830
Private Day HospitalWith Local Anaesthetic: $1,390
With Intravenous Sedation: $1,590
MSI Day SurgeryWith Local Anaesthetic: $1,390
With Intravenous Sedation: $1,590

Our Vasectomists

At MSI we pride ourselves on our staff. Our vasectomy doctors have trained at some of the best universities and have years of experience behind them. All of our medical staff are dedicated vasectomy professionals who are committed to ensuring your procedure is as simple and painless as possible.
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Dr Justin Low
Dr Justin Low
Dr Justin Low
MBBS (Syd) FRACGP Director of Vasectomy Services MSI Australia.
Justin has been performing vasectomies over the last 10 years. He presents to General Practice groups regularly and has been interviewed on ABC Radio National, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Channel 9’s “Today” morning show, Studio10 and SBS Insights.

Justin received his medical degree from the University of Sydney in 1987 and completed the RACGP Family Medicine Program (FMP) in 1991. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners in 1993.

Justin is an experienced vasectomy surgeon and has performed over 8000 vasectomies to date. He presents to General Practice groups regularly around the country on the topic of vasectomy and has been interviewed on ABC Radio National, Sydney Morning Herald “Good Weekend”, Men’s Health Magazine and Channel 9’s “Today” morning show.

 

His current role is National Director of Vasectomy Services at MSI Australia which involves education, training and maintaining vasectomy surgical standards across the country.

Dr Michael Beckett
Dr Michael
Beckett
MB BS, DCH, DRANZCOG, FRACGP
Michael completed vasectomy training through “Advanced Surgical Procedures” course at UWA in 2010. He has been performing vasectomies for over 10 years now and is an experienced vasectomy surgeon.
Dr Gary Beckhurst
Dr Gary
Beckhurst
MBBS, DRANZCOG, Cert AFFPA, Cert Sports Med, MCPSA
Gary is a very experienced vasectomy surgeon having performed thousands of vasectomies over a period in excess of 35 years
Dr George Eskander
Dr George
Eskander
MBChB (Hons), FRACGP, MRCGP (UK), DCH, DRCOG
George received a Certificate of Specialist Skills in Vasectomy from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health, UK in 2016. George is an experienced vasectomy surgeon performing vasectomies across Perth.
Dr Patrick Ruane
Dr Patrick
Ruane
MBBS BMedSci FRACGP DRANZCOG adv
Patrick graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2007. He is an experienced vasectomy surgeon who has provided family planning and obstetric care including caesarean section for over 10 years.
Dr Hamish McLachlan
Dr Hamish
McLachlan
MBBS (Hons), FRACGP, DCH, BSc
Hamish graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2012 and has additional qualifications in minor surgeries and skin cancer medicine. He is an excellent vasectomist performing vasectomies at multiple locations across Melbourne.
Dr Matthew Valentine
Dr Matthew
Valentine
MBBS ADF Aviation Medical Officer FRACGP
Matthew has had extensive surgical experience and served as a medical officer in the Royal Australian Air Force. He is an experienced vasectomy surgeon operating in QLD and SA.
Dr Alfredo Aiello
Dr Alfredo
Aiello
MEDICO (Buenos Aires) 1990, AMC 2009, FRACGP 2012
Dr Aiello is a very experienced procedural doctor who specialises in vasectomy. He has worked as a specialist General Surgeon in Argentina and holds a University Specialist degree in General Surgery, from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Buenos Aires. He has now lived in Australia since 2008 and achieved his AMC in 2009 and FRACGP in 2012. He provides vasectomies across Sydney for MSI Australia.
Dr Nikolas Katelaris
Dr Nikolas
Katelaris
MBBS MS FRACGP
Dr Katelaris is an experienced GP proceduralist who specialises in vasectomy. He was a surgical resident at Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney for 3 years and subsequently trained in Urological surgery for a further 3 years in Sydney and regional hospitals. He completed a Master of Surgery at the University of Melbourne in 2019 and he and trained in vasectomy under one of Sydney’s top urologists
Dr Tim Berwick
Dr Tim
Berwick
BMed, DCH, FRACGP
Tim graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2013. He has been involved in extensive procedural work and is an experienced vasectomist who trained under well know retired Newcastle vasectomist, Dr Allan Sacco. He now performs vasectomies in both Newcastle and the Central Coast.

WHERE TO GET A VASECTOMY?

Our Locations

Vasectomy appointments are available at the following MSI Vasectomy clinic locations. Select a location from the list below to find out more, including which vasectomy clinics are eligible for private hospital insurance claims.

  • Canberra
  • Sydney
  • Newcastle and Central Coast
  • Brisbane
  • Gold Coast
  • Townsville
  • Melbourne
  • Adelaide
  • Perth
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Bondi Junction Medical Practice
North Sydney Medical Centre and Skin Cancer Clinic
Dee Why Family Medical Centre
MyHealth Castle Towers
Doctors @ Liverpool
MSI Australia - Penrith
Burwood Specialists Vasectomy Clinic
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Hornsby – Madison Day Surgery
Miranda Day Surgery
Norwest Day Hospital
Kingsgrove Day Hospital
Sydney Day Hospital
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Newcastle – Brunker Road Medical Centre
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Central Coast Day Hospital
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Townsville Day Surgery
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Modern Medical – Dandenong
Modern Medical Balwyn
Mooroolbark Medical Centre
Modern Medical – Caroline Springs
Mayfair Operating Centre
Modern Medical Glenroy
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PRIVATE DAY HOSPITALS
Chelsea Heights Day Surgery and Endoscopy
North West Day Hospital
Goonawarra Day Hospital
Westpoint Day Hospital
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Norwood Day Surgery
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MSI Perth Clinic - Midland
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West Coast Surgical Institute
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Frequently Asked Questions

Should you have any more questions about a vasectomy in Australia please do not hesitate to contact us today. Read our most frequently asked questions about vasectomies:

Anyone over the age of 18 can legally get a vasectomy in Australia and there is no medical referral required in order to consult with a vasectomist. However, there are other considerations to take into account around emotional maturity and preparedness.

A vasectomy is over 99% effective and is considered permanent. Once this procedure has been completed you will not need to use other forms of contraception.

No, a vasectomy does not protect you against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), it is advisable to use condoms if there is any risk of infection.

Risks or side effects from having a vasectomy are very rare. However, it is important to note that any surgical procedure carries risks and your doctor will discuss these before carrying out the procedure. 

We recommend waiting at least a week before resuming sexual activity after a vasectomy.   However, non-strenuous activity after 48 hours, may be resumed.

Although a vasectomy should be considered irreversible when making a decision about whether to go ahead with the procedure, an operation to reconnect the vas deferens (sperm duct) is possible to recover fertility function.

Tubal ligation is a more complex procedure than a vasectomy and involves going under general anaesthetic and several scalpel incisions. As a result, the downtime after the procedure and the recovery period is longer.

No, a vasectomy will not affect sex drive as it does not affect the production of testosterone. It also does not affect your ability to get an erection or ejaculate semen.

There is no way of getting a free vasectomy in Australia. Some clinics will offer ‘low-cost’ treatment but it is important to remember that a vasectomy is a surgical procedure and should only be performed by highly trained and experienced health care professionals.

MSI Vasectomy has clinics located all across Australia. Click here to find out the nearest clinic.

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