In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a common medical procedure. IVF can help
couples achieve pregnancy when they are struggling with female or
male infertility. Although IVF has helped many couples experience the joy of parenthood,
it does have its drawbacks. IVF is a complicated, multistep process and
it can be prohibitively expensive. Additionally, many couples must go
through multiple IVF cycles before achieving pregnancy, if pregnancy occurs
at all. The disadvantages of IVF are why many men explore vasectomy reversals instead.
First, the female partner must take fertility medications to stimulate
the development of multiple eggs. These medications must be injected by
the woman or her partner. Additionally, the female partner must undergo
frequent ultrasound and blood testing to monitor the development of the
Then, women undergo a minor
surgical procedure to retrieve the mature eggs. With ultrasound guidance, the physician inserts a hollow needle through
the vagina to suction out the eggs.
Men who have undergone vasectomies still produce sperm, although the sperm
does not mix with the ejaculate. Typically, the male partner would simply
provide a sample of semen at this stage of IVF. However, after a vasectomy,
surgical retrieval of sperm is necessary.
After the sperm sample has been processed, it is mixed with the eggs in
a laboratory. Sometimes, sperm is injected directly into the eggs to promote
fertilization. Then, the embryos are monitored for three to five days.
Once the embryos are ready, the female partner must undergo another procedure
to transfer the embryos directly into the uterus. The physician inserts
a catheter into the uterus to accomplish this.
Having a vasectomy reversal in Sarasota is quite often a more cost-effective and
successful option than IVF. When you’re ready to grow your family, you can contact
Dr. Joshua Green of the Center for Vasectomy Reversal and Male Infertility
at (941) 961-4581. Dr. Green is a highly skilled vasectomy reversal surgeon
who is proud to have helped countless men become fathers through vasectomy