For men who have undergone vasectomy procedures and later become interested in starting their own families, vasectomy reversal can be a great way to restore lost fertility. Through vasectomy reversal (vasovasostomy), the vas deferens can be reconnected to allow the passage of sperm into the ejaculate. With the passageway of sperm restored, men are likely to once again be fertile.
Time and Successful Vasovasostomy
Men considering a vasectomy reversal often wonder: Will the procedure be successful in restoring my fertility? In fact, the success rate of this procedure is quite high. The surgery’s success, however, does depend on the time that has passed since the initial vasectomy was performed. As the time since vasectomy increases, the rates of positive semen analysis (sperm detected in the semen) and successful conception will tend to decrease. If the reversal is performed within five years of the vasectomy, there is a greater than 95% chance that sperm will be found in the ejaculate. If the surgery is performed a decade or more after the initial vasectomy, that chance only drops to 80-90%.
Other Fertility Factors and Successful Conception
The success of the vasovasostomy also depends on other factors. After the reversal procedure is completed, the man’s sperm may not be as motile or as high in number as they were before the initial vasectomy—both of these factors will decrease the likelihood of pregnancy. Successful conception also depends on the other partner. If the woman has undiagnosed fertility issues, such as problems with ovulation, she may also need to seek infertility treatment before pregnancy is achieved. General good health of both partners increases the likelihood of successful conception.
If you are considering a vasectomy reversal and live in the greater Tampa Bay, FL area, contact the healthcare team at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. In addition to having extensive experience in the vasovasostomy procedure, our staff has training in all aspects of the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of other causes of male infertility. Schedule an appointment at our center today by calling (941) 343-4020.