The motivation to start or grow a family is what leads most patients to
seek a vasectomy reversal. Although
vasectomy reversals can be extremely effective, there are many other things to consider when
getting a vasectomy reversal with the goal of achieving a pregnancy. Even
after a successful reversal, there are still reasons that pregnancy may
be difficult, so discussing your goals with your surgeon is important.
Here are the facts you need to know.
Reversal isn’t immediate.
After a vasectomy reversal, sperm does not become present in the semen
immediately. The time it takes for the ejaculate to contain sperm varies
from patient to patient. Your surgeon may recommend screening your semen
six weeks after surgery for the presence of sperm and will repeat the
screening periodically if no sperm is seen. For most men, sperm return
to the semen within a few months of the procedure, but for some men, it
can take a year or more. Pregnancy will not be possible until sperm are
in the ejaculate fluid.
Repeat reversals may be necessary,
Sometimes, scar tissue develops along the pathway the sperm travels because
of the surgery, which can cause a blockage that prevents sperm from reaching
the semen. When this occurs, sometimes it is necessary to repeat the reversal
surgery to avoid the area where scar tissue is present. In other cases,
the reason for surgical failure may not be obvious, but repeating the
reversal can be successful.
Male infertility isn’t the only factor.
After male infertility is corrected with a vasectomy reversal, fertility
issues in the woman can make pregnancy impossible. Factors such as age
and gynecological conditions can interfere with female fertility, so that
pregnancy isn’t possible even after a successful vasectomy reversal.
Your surgeon may recommend that both parties get screened for fertility
problems if pregnancy doesn’t occur in a reasonable amount of time
after a successful vasectomy reversal.
Dr. Green at the Center for Vasectomy Reversal works with each couple individually
to help them achieve their goal of starting a family. Talk to
Dr. Green in Sarasota to see if a vasectomy reversal is right for you. Make an appointment today
by calling (941) 961-4581.