Reversible Vasectomy is Achievable

reversible-vasectomyKnowing that a vasectomy is reversible should offers couples a practical option should the desire for parenthood resurface. A reversible vasectomy may feel out of reach, but with improvements in training and techniques the odds of success have increased over the past decade. In fact reversing a vasectomy is usually the best option for most couples.

Vasectomy reversal is often referred to as microsurgical vasectomy reversal because it is performed using an operating microscope. A reversible vasectomy involves reattaching the cut ends of the vas deferens, which were severed during the vasectomy, to allow sperm to flow into the ejaculate once again. While this procedure does not guarantee pregnancy success, the rates of success are good. Studies indicate that sperm recovery is successful in up to 90% of vasectomy reversals and of those patients approximately 50% will become pregnant. The main determining factor for success is the length of time since the vasectomy was performed. A vasectomy reversal performed within 3 years of having a vasectomy, the success rate is 70-75%.

Something to investigate before considering a reversible vasectomy is the reproductive health of the female partner. Studies have shown that the reproductive health of the female partner is more important than the age of the vasectomy, the age of the man, and the vasectomy reversal patency rate after the procedure. Studies indicate that women’s fertility starts declining in their mid 30’s with significant impairment beginning around the age of 37. This information alone makes it vital for the female partner to get an extensive medical assessment of her ability to reproduce. Otherwise it’s possible that the vasectomy reversal will be irrelevant.

The complication rate for reversible vasectomies is similar to vasectomies. Its important to follow the doctor’s instructions for recovery after a vasectomy reversal. This includes what activities are permitted, including sex and lifting. Complications can include infection at the surgery site, bleeding within the scrotum, sperm granulomas, and mild to moderate pain. A minority of men will experience chronic pain in the testicle area after a vasectomy reversal.
Parenthood is something that most people dream about and a reversible vasectomy offers men and couples the possibility of achieving this dream, even though vasectomy is considered a permanent form of male birth control.

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