Plans change all the time. If you and your partner decide you might want to add to your family, vasectomy reversal may be an option. Whether that actually increases your odds of getting pregnant, is a different story. So then, what is the effective rate of a vasectomy reversal?
When men first elect to get a vasectomy, the tubes, also known as vas deferens are cut. This prevents the sperm that would fertilize the egg during intercourse from getting into your semen. That means when a man ejaculates, the semen no longer contains sperm and the odds of getting pregnant are practically non-existent. Simply put, when a man or a couple decides it’s time to get a vasectomy reversed, the originally severed tubes are reconnected, allowing sperm back into the man’s semen.
What are the odds?
Experts say that almost all vasectomies can be reversed, many even considered successful, but that doesn’t automatically mean you and your partner can get pregnant. Success rates with a vasectomy reversal can range anywhere from 40% to 90% successful. This can all depend on the experience of your surgeon, the patient’s age and even how long it was since you first had your vasectomy – the longer it has been since you first had your vasectomy, the less likely it will be that the reversal will work.
Ask the Tough Questions
It’s important to talk to your doctor about vasectomy reversal if you are thinking about the procedure, or even if you are shyly considering a vasectomy. Since your surgeon’s experience and overall expertise on the subject matters to the success of the procedure, you shouldn’t be timid about asking the tough questions. Ask about their experience, how many procedures they’ve done, and ensure that your doctor is confident in their ability. Most importantly, decide that a vasectomy is something you really want. You may want to consider other options of birth control before going under the knife.
Before the procedure, your doctor will likely want to take a few steps before deciding on reversing your vasectomy. First and foremost, your doctor will recommend you and your partner get your fertility checked out – especially if you’ve never had children. They also will recommend you get a full physical exam, to rule out any other reasons for possible infertility.
Learn all your options first. If you are considering getting a vasectomy or getting your vasectomy reversed call Dr. Avila and the experts at Ironwood Urology. They are here to help. Call today at (480) 961-2323 to schedule your consultation.