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Being an Older Dad May Benefit Your Children's Health

When it comes to the notion of having kids at an older age, the story often revolves around potential risks and how old you’ll be when your little ones graduate high school. Now, there is good news for older dads. The decision to have a child when you’re older can actually boost that child’s health in the long-term. That means it is never too late to consider undergoing a vasectomy reversal or to look into treating your male infertility issues. Listed below is the basic information you need to know.

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Health Benefits to Being an Older Dad
The health benefits of starting a family later in life all come down to telomeres. Telomeres are the tips on the end of chromosomes, and for reasons researchers haven’t been able to pin down, long telomeres appear to be associated with better overall health. People with longer telomeres also tend to live longer. Researchers have discovered that the children of older fathers usually have longer telomeres than their peers whose fathers are younger. Although scientists have not yet determined what role these longer telomeres play in the overall health of children of older fathers, these results suggest that children of older fathers may live longer.

Potential Benefits for Future Generations
The health benefits of being a child of an older father do not appear to be limited to just one generation. The grandchildren of the older father also tend to have longer telomeres, which would suggest that they might also reap the same health benefits. Note that this trend only seems to follow male lineage. Women who were born to older fathers do not have children with longer telomeres.

Don’t discount family life because of your age or because you’ve had a vasectomy. At the Center for Vasectomy Reversal, our vasectomy surgeon can reverse your procedure so you can start a family. There are solutions for male infertility, and we can help. Make an appointment for a consultation by calling (941) 961-4581. 


How Effective Are Vasectomy Reversals?

Did you have a vasectomy that you now wish you could undo? If so, you’re not alone. Men take the step of having a vasectomy when they feel certain that they do not want to have children or do not want to have additional children, but life circumstances change. If you have had a vasectomy and now wish to regain your fertility, help is available. A vasectomy reversal can restore your ability to have a child.

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The success of a vasectomy reversal depends on a number of different factors. Physically reversing the vasectomy by reconnecting the vas deferens is a straightforward process. However, reconnecting the vas deferens does not guarantee that there will be sperm in the ejaculate after the procedure. Vasectomy reversals are most likely to succeed within five years of the original procedure, but they can and do work for patients who had their vasectomies much earlier. Potential issues that can interfere with the success of a vasectomy reversal include blockages and the presence of anti-sperm antibodies. Some men produce these antibodies after a vasectomy, and they can damage sperm.

Each vasectomy reversal is different. Discuss your case with the vasectomy surgeon at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal. Make your appointment by calling (941) 961-4581. 


What the Recovery Period Is Like Following Vasectomy Reversal

A vasectomy reversal can facilitate you and your partner’s hope to have a child. To make sure that you recover as quickly and smoothly as possible from your procedure, it’s important to anticipate your postoperative needs and follow closely the advice of your vasectomy reversal doctor. By keeping in mind the following aspects of your healing period, you can better ensure a complete recovery.

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Protecting Your Surgery Site

As with any invasive surgery, vasectomy reversal necessitates careful attention to the surgical site. You likely will have sutures and bandages after your surgery. Your bandages must be kept clean and dry to avoid the potential for contamination and infection. You may also need to wear special garments to protect your surgical site from excessive movement as it heals. Your vasectomy reversal doctor may also recommend a period of a few days to a few weeks during which you should refrain from activities that may hinder the healing of your incisions.

Alleviating Your Discomfort

Many men undergo vasectomy reversals as an outpatient procedure, which speaks to how minimally invasive and convenient the procedure can be. In some cases, though, the process can produce some discomfort for patients. If you experience tenderness or pain after receiving a vasectomy reversal, your doctor can recommend medications to alleviate the discomfort, which should lessen on its own over the ensuing days.

Consulting with Your Surgeon

The topic of intercourse often weighs heavily on the minds of men who undergo vasectomy reversals. Before engaging in any sexual activities with your partner, speak to your vasectomy reversal doctor. The recovery process for each patient is different, so only your physician can determine if you are healthy enough for intercourse. Keep in mind as well that though you may be physically able to engage in sexual activities, it may take several months for the effects of your vasectomy reversal to result in a successful pregnancy.

Do you have more questions about your vasectomy reversal procedure? Then call Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 961-4581. Our staff of vasectomy reversal experts would be happy to discuss any inquiries you may have about your upcoming surgery. 


The Best Candidates for Vasectomy Reversal

Vasectomy reversal is a procedure that many men have successfully undergone, allowing them to father the children they desire. Though the process can be effective under a wide range of circumstances, vasectomy reversal surgeons cite that some men may be better candidates for the procedure than others. One primary consideration is the original vasectomy. The less trauma incurred to the vas deferens, the more likely that the patient can enjoy a successful vasectomy reversal. The amount of time passed between the vasectomy and vasectomy reversal can also influence the success of the latter procedure, as men with shorter interval periods may have higher rates of fathering children after a vasectomy reversal. Men who have already fathered children are favorable candidates for vasectomy reversal as well.

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Don’t let a vasectomy deny you your dream of a family. Contact the Center for Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 961-4581 to set up an initial consultation with Dr. Joshua Green. Our Sarasota facility offers vasectomy reversal options for men of all ages and backgrounds.


Debunking Myths About Conception

Couples wanting to conceive may be prone to believing any advice that could help their cause. As the following misconceptions illustrate, though, most of the suggestions passed down from one friend or family member to the next have no basis in fact. If you and your partner are trying to grow your family, the best advice is to consult a male infertility doctor who can provide medically supported suggestions to heighten your chances for pregnancy.

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Time of day affects conception.
Some individuals are adamant that having intercourse at certain times can boost a couple’s odds of getting pregnant. However, successful conception relies not so much on time of day as time of month. Women do have a peak period of fertility during their menstrual cycles, so if you are trying to conceive, monitoring when this period occurs can help. Whether intercourse happens during morning or night during this period has little effect on conception, though.

Frequent intercourse increases the chances of conception.
To some extent, this is true, as couples that have intercourse only once a month may not have much success as becoming pregnant. The opposite extreme of having intercourse several times a day may not significantly increase the chances of conception, though. Under some circumstances, a male infertility doctor may even advise against it, as it could potentially lower sperm count.

Certain positions can influence conception success.
Sperm and eggs are not generally affected by the position of intercourse. As a result, couples that engage in certain positions with the sole hope to get pregnant may be going through unnecessary lengths to achieve their goal. Vaginal intercourse is mandatory for conception, but beyond this requirement, you need not submit to specific positions to become pregnant.

Do you want to reverse your vasectomy? Then call the Center for Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 961-4581 to set up an initial consultation with a vasectomy reversal doctor. Our facility provides male infertility solutions to men in the greater Sarasota area. 


How Diet Affects Male Sperm Count

Are you trying to conceive a child? As this video reports, you may want to lower your intake of processed meats to increase your chances of pregnancy.

Recent studies evaluated how the diets of men undergoing in vitro fertilization affected their sperm count. The results indicated that participants who consumed high amounts of processed meats such as sausages and bacon had lower sperm counts than those who did not eat these foods. Additionally, men who included white fish in their diets had higher sperm counts when compared to the individuals who did not.

The Center for Vasectomy Reversal can help you realize your hope to become a father. To set up a consultation with a vasectomy reversal doctor in Sarasota, call (941) 961-4581.


Tips for Older Dads

Many older men choose to undergo a vasectomy reversal to begin or continue their family. If you are planning to become an older dad, you may worry about how your age will impact your ability as a parent. Taking a few steps to change the way you think and act will ensure that you and your child enjoy a healthy, happy relationship.

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Stay in Shape
Taking care of your body benefits both you and your children. By staying in shape, you’ll improve your health and energy levels while ensuring that you will live a longer life and have more time to spend with your family. If you don’t already exercise regularly, begin by taking brisk walks, practicing yoga, or starting a light program of weight training. If you aren’t sure how to begin or maintain a regular exercise routine, your doctor will be happy to help.

Manage Stress
Stress causes health issues as well as emotional strain in your family relationships. Take steps to manage stress in positive ways by identifying coping strategies that work well for you. Put frustrated energy into activities you enjoy, turning negative feelings into positive accomplishment. Talk to a close friend or relative if you feel comfortable expressing your feelings, and think of ways to be grateful for your new family and this new experience in your life.

Connect with Your Children
Even if you have a full-time job, making the effort to spend time with your children will help you develop close emotional bonds that will last a lifetime. Find a time that can be “yours” every day: play a game after dinner or read to your child before bed. Staying involved with your family holds strong emotional and mental benefits, building a positive familial relationship that you and your family will treasure.

Are you ready to become a new dad at any age? Contact Dr. Joshua Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal by calling (941) 961-4581 to explore your fatherhood options. We offer vasectomy reversal procedures and fertility treatments in Sarasota, FL. Click through our website to learn more.


Increasing Sperm Production After Vasectomy Reversal

After a vasectomy reversal, it is normal for men to experience temporarily low sperm counts. Over time, your sperm count will increase as your fertility improves. During this time, there are steps you can take to further improve your sperm production and fertility. Avoid placing your laptop on your lap, which can increase testicular temperature and reduce sperm production. If you spend long periods of time sitting during work or leisure, get up and take a short walk once an hour. Eat plenty of vegetables high in antioxidants that improve sperm quality, such as cabbage, asparagus, and broccoli. The mineral zinc has been linked with improved sperm count, so consider adding foods high in zinc or nutritional supplements to your diet. If you’re still concerned about your sperm quality or count after your vasectomy reversal, consult your doctor for personalized information.

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Dr. Joshua Green of the Center for Vasectomy Reversal can provide you with the information you need about reversing a vasectomy and improving your sperm count. Call (941) 961-4581 to find out more about our clinic or to schedule your appointment. Check out our blog for more helpful fertility information.


Reasons it May Take Time to Conceive Following Vasectomy Reversal

Studies show that up to 50% of couples are unable to conceive immediately following a vasectomy reversal. Difficulty conceiving may be due to many factors related to both your health and the health of your partner. Talk to your doctor if you are concerned about your inability to conceive following a vasectomy reversal procedure.

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Sperm Production
After a vasectomy reversal, it is normal to experience lower sperm production and sperm volume for some time. It may take up to 18 months for your body to produce adequate sperm counts to achieve pregnancy in your partner. Talk to your doctor about receiving a sperm analysis periodically after your vasectomy reversal. This test will reveal your sperm counts and quality to chart your fertility as you recover.

Other Fertility Issues
Approximately one in every ten couples in the U.S. experiences problems with infertility. These problems are unrelated to your vasectomy or its reversal. Infertility may be due to female factors, male factors, or both. If you and your partner have been unable to conceive for one full year after your sperm counts have returned to normal, visit a fertility doctor to discuss your concerns.

Varicoceles
Varicoceles are varicose veins that occur on or near the testicles, and are a common cause of fertility issues in men. Enlarged veins allow too much heat to affect the testicles, reducing sperm counts and quality. Treatment for varicoceles often includes minimally-invasive surgery to repair the problematic vein.

Anti-Sperm Antibodies
It is common for men to develop anti-sperm antibodies (ASA) in the blood following a vasectomy reversal. While the presence of ASAs in the blood does not necessarily preclude pregnancy, in some couples these antibodies can result in fertility issues.

If you have questions about vasectomy reversal or other fertility issues, call the Center for Vasectomy Reversal at (941) 961-4581. Dr. Green will be happy to meet with you and discuss your options for your future family. Visit us on the web to find more information about vasectomy reversal in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Tampa Bay.


A Look at Male Fertility Testing

Male infertility has many causes, including low sperm count and poor-quality sperm. Male fertility testing measures both the quantity and quality of sperm produced during ejaculation to determine whether these factors could be causing infertility.

This video explains how male fertility testing is performed. During fertility testing, a sample of semen is collected and the number, motility, and shape of the sperm examined. Normal fertility is defined as the production of 20 million sperm per milliliter of ejaculate, with 40-50% motility and at least 30% of the sperm possessing normal physiology.

Whether you are seeking treatment for a vasectomy reversal or considering your fertility options, the Center for Vasectomy Reversal in Sarasota can help. Call us today at (941) 961-4581 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Joshua Green. You can find more information about our services and our dedication to patient confidentiality and respect by clicking through our website. 


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