Are Pregnancy Rates Lower Following Vasectomy Reversal?
Vasectomies are a popular male birth control choice. In fact, not only do nearly 500,000 men get a vasectomy in the United States each year alone, it is a form of birth control that is 99 percent effective. Though roughly only 5 percent of men who get a vasectomy decide to get a vasectomy reversal, some do decide to get one.
The most common reason for the men who undergo a vasectomy reversal is a desire to conceive children, which may have some wondering: does a vasectomy reversal affect your chances of having biological children? Keep reading to find out more.
What Happens During a Vasectomy?
During a vasectomy, the tube that carries sperm from the testes, known as the vas deferens, is closed or impacted. There are various ways this is done, depending on the surgeon who performed the procedure and individual factors of the patient. Often, sections of the vas deferens are removed, clipped to promote blockage, or electrically stimulated to cause scarring and closure.
What Happens During a Vasectomy Reversal?
During a vasectomy reversal, the surgeon attempts to reopen the closed vas deferens path or to forge a new one. The actual happenings during the procedure will depend on you and your vasectomy. Suppose the blockage caused during the initial vasectomy has impacted the quality of the sperm. In that case, your surgeon may be required to conduct a complicated procedure to connect the vas deferens to a structure on the back of the testes.
How Does Vasectomy Reversal Affect Fertility Rates?
According to research, fertility rates seem more contingent on the partner’s age rather than the sperm health of the person undergoing a vasectomy reversal. Typically, sperm health should return to normal after a few months, usually three to six months, which is how long it takes to make new sperm. However, it should be noted that sperm health is contingent on the success of the vasectomy reversal, which is usually contingent on the surgeon’s ability.
Work with a trusted and capable surgeon for your vasectomy reversal to ensure the best success rate and limit scarring.
Have Your Vasectomy Reversal With Dr. Anand Shridharani
Regarding experience, Dr. Anand Shridharani, a board-certified urologist, has high-volume experience performing vasectomies and vasectomy reversals. Not only will you be in safe hands regarding the reversal surgery, but he can help with fertility issues and concerns afterward. He can help guide you through your fertility options post-vasectomy reversal.
Proudly serving Chattanooga and Knoxville, TN, as well as Northern Georgia and Huntsville, AL, Dr. Shridharani and his team strive to bring you the best value and care possible.
Contact Dr. Shridharani today at 423-778-4MEN (4636) for your vasectomy reversal.