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A Closer Look at Anti-Sperm Antibodies

You may already know that the body produces antibodies to combat pathogens like viruses and bacteria. These antibodies help keep you healthy. However, sometimes the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells such as a man’s sperm cells. Anti-sperm antibodies are one cause of male infertility. The presence of these antibodies does not automatically mean that you cannot father a child, however. Consider talking to a male infertility specialist about your options.

Understanding Anti-Sperm Antibodies

As sperm cells develop, antigens appear on the outer membranes. These antigens are proteins and it is in response to the detection of these proteins that the immune system may manufacture anti-sperm antibodies. Under normal circumstances, the immune system never detects the sperm antigens because sperm does not enter into the bloodstream. The blood/testes barrier, which is comprised of Sertoli cells, prevents the sperm from coming into contact with blood. In some men, the Sertoli cells may become compromised and the barrier may be breached, which allows immunologic stimulation. This can happen due to infection, physical trauma, or chemical-related injury. It’s worth noting that women can also develop anti-sperm antibodies. Why this can happen is not well understood.

Getting Tested

When a couple is experiencing infertility, one of the tests that a doctor may suggest is an anti-sperm antibody test. Women can be tested with a simple blood test. Men must provide a semen sample. Before getting tested, men must refrain from ejaculating for two days, but should not abstain from ejaculating for longer than five days before the test. Men will be given a sterile sample cup to ejaculate into and take to the clinic immediately afterward. The sample should be kept out of direct sunlight and at normal body temperature.

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, Dr. Joshua Green takes great pride in helping couples achieve their dreams of parenthood. He is a highly trained surgeon who specializes in performing infertility procedures in Sarasota. When you’re ready to take the next step toward becoming a father, give us a call at (941) 894-6428.


Our Commitment to Concierge-Level Care

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, we are committed to providing men with optimum care in a patient-centric environment. The needs of every patient are put first and guide every decision we make, and every case is treated as an individual. That is why patients come to us from across the country for their vasectomy reversal and infertility procedures.

In addition to the cutting-edge surgical care of Dr. Green, the staff at the clinic provide top-level care to both patients and their families. With the utmost care and professionalism, the staff guides patients and their loved ones through the entire process, from scheduling a consultation to discuss vasectomy reversal through the patient’s recovery. Dr. Green and his entire team are dedicated to doing everything possible to help each patient achieve their goals of starting or growing their family.

If you are considering a vasectomy reversal, call Dr. Green and the Center for Vasectomy Reversal today to find out how we can help you. We welcome patients from all over the world to our center for vasectomy reversals in Sarasota and are here to provide the care you need. To learn more, call (941) 894-6428.


Nutrition Tips for Your Recovery from a Vasectomy Reversal

When you’re recovering from your vasectomy reversal, in addition to following your surgeon’s instructions, it is important to make smart food decisions that support your recovery. As with any surgery, it is important to give your body the nutrients it needs to heal so you can get back on your feet faster. Keep these guidelines in mind for your post-surgery diet.

Choose High-Fiber Foods

After surgery, constipation is a frequent problem, thanks to the pain medication you’re likely to be taking. In addition to drinking plenty of water, eat foods with a high fiber content to reduce the risk of constipation. Whole grain breads and cereals, vegetables, and fruits are all good choices that will help you get the right amount of fiber during your recovery. Reducing your intake of foods that increase the risk of constipation, like dairy products and processed foods, can also help.

Pick Lean Proteins

Protein is an important part of recovering from surgery, since it is a building block for tissue repair. Lean protein sources will give you the nutrients you need without the saturated fats that can contribute to constipation. Chicken, fish, turkey and pork are all good choices. If you don’t eat meat, nuts, tofu, and beans will give you the nutrients you need. If your appetite is weak after surgery, consider adding protein powder to smoothies, which may be more appealing than a large meal.

Fill Up on Whole Grains

Whole grains contain nutrients that will give you energy during your surgery recovery, as well as fiber that will reduce constipation. Pick whole grain bread, wheat pasta, and brown rice instead of the white, processed varieties of these foods as you recuperate from your vasectomy reversal.

Dr. Green and his team at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota are available to answer all of your questions about preparing for your surgery and recovering from your vasectomy reversal procedure. Schedule a consultation today by calling (941) 894-6428.


The Basics of Sperm Aspiration

If you undergo a vasectomy reversal so you can start a family, sperm aspiration could be part of your procedure. Watch this video to learn more about male infertility and how sperm aspiration works.

The success of vasectomy reversals in treating male infertility depends on a number of different factors. If sperm aspiration is recommended, sperm will be removed directly from the reproductive system to be used in another fertility procedure, such as IVF.

Dr. Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal has successfully helped couples from all over the country start or grow their families with infertility procedures and vasectomy reversal in Sarasota. For more information, call (941) 894-6428.


Dealing with Difficult Pregnancy Questions

Vasectomy reversal and infertility procedures are intensely private affairs. Couples going through these processes often pick and choose who they share information with carefully, but still, they often find themselves facing difficult questions from people who may mean well but who are prying for details. In some cases, news about your infertility treatments can be spread to more people that you anticipated, which leaves you facing even more questions. If you are confronted with difficult questions about your infertility and efforts to become pregnant, here are some tips to help you cope.

Control Your Updates

It’s natural for people who care about you to want to know how your fertility treatments are going and if you have been successful in getting pregnant. However, having to answer the same questions repeatedly can be stressful and frustrating. To reduce the need to repeat the same information, when you tell people you are undergoing infertility procedures, let them know exactly how you will deliver updates. For instance, you may promise to send out an email to everyone when your vasectomy reversal is completed, so that all of the people who need to know find out without you having to have individual conversations.

Have a Standard Response

You may not always want to answer questions about your infertility treatments, especially when the people asking are people who you would prefer not to share information with. It can be helpful to have a standard response in mind so that you’re not caught off-guard and can easily change the subject. Something as simple as a sigh and saying “not today” while steering the conversation to another topic can do the trick.

Keep a Sense of Humor

Having a sense of humor and being able to laugh off prying questions can be one of your most effective tools. A laugh and a quick joke can let people know how you want to cope with this life-changing process.

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, Dr. Joshua Green and his staff will support you on every step of your journey to start your family. You can learn more about vasectomy reversal in Sarasota by calling (941) 894-6428.


How Soon Can Sperm Be Present in Semen After the Surgery?

When you undergo vasectomy reversal surgery, it’s normal to be eager to know if the reversal was successful, particularly if you are trying to start a family. There is a high rate of success for vasectomy reversal in most cases, but there often is a delay between the procedure and when sperm can again be detected in semen.

About three months after surgery, your doctor may recommend that you undergo a semen test to see if sperm are present. If the semen does not contain sperm, your vasectomy surgeon may recommend repeating the test monthly to until sperm is detected. Generally, vasectomy reversals are considered to have failed if sperm cannot be found in semen 18 months after the surgery.

Since each case is unique, Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal will review your individual circumstance in full and help you understand what to expect. Make an appointment today to learn more about infertility procedures in Sarasota, including vasectomy reversal, by calling (941) 894-6428.


What to Expect from Your Consultation with a Vasectomy Reversal Surgeon


If you are considering a vasectomy reversal, one of the first steps is to have a consultation with a surgeon. A vasectomy reversal surgeon can help you decide if you are a good candidate for the procedure and what to expect from the process. If you have a consultation scheduled with a vasectomy reversal surgeon, here is a look at what may happen during your appointment.

Review of Your Medical History

Your vasectomy surgeon will review your medical history to ensure that surgery is safe for you and that it is has a reasonable likelihood of being successful in your case. Although success rates for vasectomy reversals are high, many different factors influence the chances of success in individual cases. Your surgeon will review your medical history to form a more accurate predication of what to expect in your case.

Discussion of Your Treatment Goals

It is helpful for your surgeon to understand why you are choosing to undergo vasectomy reversal surgery. For instance, if you and your partner are undergoing IVF, your vasectomy surgeon can work with the IVF clinic to provide sperm using the MESA process. By knowing the goals you’re trying to achieve, your surgeon can tailor your procedure to your needs.

Explanation of the Procedure and Recovery

Your vasectomy surgeon will spend part of your consultation explaining how the reversal is performed and what you can expect during the recovery period. Generally, the vasectomy reversal process takes about two to three hours in an outpatient surgery center. Most patients can return home about an hour after surgery. Post-procedure discomfort lasts for a few days, which can be managed with ice packs and pain medications. The day after the procedure, patients return to their surgeons to have the drains removed.

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, Dr. Green is available to answer all of your questions as you decide if vasectomy reversal surgery in Sarasota is right for you. Schedule a consultation today by calling (941) 894-6428.


A Man's Guide to Pregnancy

If you undergo a vasectomy reversal with the goal of starting a family, you may be surprised by some of the changes that occur with your partner during the pregnancy. Just as your vasectomy reversal was a process your partner could sympathize with but not experience, pregnancy creates a wide range of effects that require your support and understanding.

Watch this video to find out what men need to know about pregnancy. Your partner will be dealing with far-reaching physical and emotional changes during this time and will need more help from you than normal during those nine months.

Dr. Joshua Green and the Center for Vasectomy Reversal can help you start a family with vasectomy reversal in Sarasota. To make an appointment or get more information about vasectomy reversals, please call (941) 894-6428.


Getting Ready for IVF

If you undergo male infertility procedures, including vasectomy reversal, it may then be necessary to have another treatment, such as in vitro fertilization, or IVF, to achieve a pregnancy. IVF can be a lengthy and stressful process, so it’s important to prepare together as a couple. With some time spent planning, IVF can be less overwhelming, both physically and emotionally. Here are some things you can do to prepare for IVF treatments.

Gather Information

Arming yourself with as much information as possible about IVF can help you feel more in control of a process that has so many uncertainties. Talk to your vasectomy reversal surgeon about what to expect from your procedure and the success rates for IVF after a reversal. The IVF clinic can also provide extensive information about that procedure and what to expect before, during, and after. Review all of the information thoroughly and ask questions. Understanding what is ahead will make things easier to manage.

Anticipate Decisions

There are several important decisions you will need to make during IVF, including how many embryos to be transferred, what to do with the remaining embryos, and how many cycles of IVF you are prepared to undergo. Although you don’t know the outcome of the IVF process, you can anticipate some of these issues that may arise and decide how you will handle them. For instance, you may have religious or moral convictions that govern how you feel about dealing with unused embryos, so you can have a plan in place that can go into action if that circumstance arises.

Plan for the Waiting Period

The waiting period between the embryo transfer and pregnancy test is often the most trying part of IVF. Decide what you’ll do to occupy yourself during this time and where you want to be when you hear the results of your test. Staying busy and positive while you wait can make the days go faster.

At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota, FL, Dr. Green works closely with IVF experts to facilitate infertility procedures for couples trying to conceive after vasectomy reversals. To learn more, please call (941) 894-6428.


Common Risk Factors of Male Infertility

Male infertility is a common problem, particularly among men who are of an older age. Sometimes, male infertility is caused by a medical issue, such as prior trauma to the testicles, undescended testes, or surgery of the abdominal or pelvic regions. Some chronic illnesses will also increase a man’s risk of infertility, including sickle cell disease and cancer. Radiation therapy directed at the testes can result in infertility.

Other risk factors of infertility pertain to lifestyle choices. Men may be more likely to have infertility if they smoke, consume alcohol, are overweight, or use certain recreational substances. Exposure to environmental toxins can contribute to this common problem, as can excessively high temperatures in the region of the testicles.

If you’ve had a vasectomy reversal that has failed, you may still have options available to you. The Center for Vasectomy Reversal provides safe and effective infertility procedures in Sarasota. For more information, call Dr. Joshua Green at (941) 894-6428.


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