My Husband Got A Vasectomy Reversal. Can I Get Pregnant?

Can you get pregnant after your partner’s vasectomy reversal? It is possible for a male to become fertile after performing a vasectomy reversal. 90 percent of average males will regain their ability to ejaculate sperm within four to seven months. On the other hand, around 73 percent of males can impregnate their spouses after a year.

However, the procedure’s success rate significantly depends on the time passed since a vasectomy. It also depends on the surgeon’s procedure, what skills they have, and if the patient had a child.

Vasectomy reversal is just an option for having children again after a vasectomy. If your husband isn’t willing to get a reversal, ICSI, short for Intracytoplasmic sperm injection, is an alternative way to get pregnant. Similarly, IVF is a suitable option for many couples, as well.

Change of Mind

While many considered a vasectomy to be a permanent procedure, to their surprise, it is also reversible. More than 10 percent of men that have gone through vasectomy change their minds in the future about not having a child. This change of heart can be for various reasons:

  • Marrying another partner who wants to have a child
  • Deciding to have more children
  • Regretting the choice of going through vasectomy

Individuals interested in having children after a vasectomy usually ask about when they can conceive a child again. As the procedure takes time to heal, patience is key to the reversal procedure.

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Duration for Getting Pregnant After Getting Vasectomy Reversal

There are various factors that affect the timeframe of insemination after a vasectomy reversal. For men, these factors involve:

  • How skillfully the surgeon has performed the procedure
  • The method they used to repair the vasectomy
  • Time since your vasectomy
  • The fertility of your partner and their age?

All these factors significantly affect the duration in which you can conceive a child again. In the standard procedure for vasectomy reversal, vasovasostomy, the urologist will reconnect the ends of the vas deferens cut during the procedure. After this procedure, it normally takes a few months before you can ejaculate semen with sperm gain. However, the time to recover from the procedure is different for everyone. Some men who go through this procedure also recover before four weeks, whereas some take up to six months. After a month, when you go through the procedure, the urologist will examine and analyze your semen to check if the sperms are back or not. If the result is negative, they will call you for another test after two to three months.

If Normal Method for Vasectomy Reversal Fails

In some of the cases, it is not appropriate to connect the ends of vas deferens due to any blockage in the epididymis. A blockage occurs if the vasectomy occurred many years before deciding to reverse. In this condition, the surgeon will connect the vas deferens directly to the tube, making the second blockage void. This process is called vasoepididymostomy.

A vasoepididymostomy is a detailed process procedure, including the tubes that contain sperms called epididymis tubules. These tubes are smaller and more delicate than vas deferens. Therefore it is a time-consuming procedure. The success rate of vasoepididymostomy may be lower than its contemporaries.

Moreover, it takes more time for the sperms to return ejaculating after the procedure is complete. Mostly you will require six months or even a year to recover from this method of reversal. In some cases, men also have to wait for longer than a year. The recovery from the procedure may take two to three weeks. However, during this process, you have to avoid ejaculation until you have completed healed from the procedure.

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Improving the Motility, Quality, and Sperm Counts after Going through Vasectomy Reversal

No matter if your partner has gone through a vasectomy or not, they should take steps to increase the quality, count, and motility of their sperms. If they have gone through vasectomy and a reversal, they need to rest and allow their body to heal in a proper way. Furthermore, they can follow these tips:

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Losing weight
  • Exercising daily
  • Avoiding hot tubs
  • Limiting or avoiding the consumption of alcohol
  • Eating a nutrient-rich diet
  • Quit smoking cigarette

Conclusion

To increase the success rate for vasectomy reversal, you need to consult with a urologist who has extensive experience in performing this procedure. They will give you a proper guidance about how you can recover and increase your chances of success. If insemination still concerns you, then you should schedule an appointment with our urologists, who will guide you in detail.

For appointments, contact us at 646-862-5500, or if you require any further information about our urologists or conditions related to urology, you can visit our website.

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New York, NY 10021

(646) 862-5500


What is Vasectomy Reversal?

Vasectomy surgery entails cutting the vas deferens to prevent sperm from entering the ejaculate in order to produce long term sterility. (click to enlarge)

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Vasectomy reversal micro-surgery entails reconnecting the two ends of the vas deferens utilizing a surgical microscope, micro-instruments and micro-sutures in order to allow the sperm to enter the ejaculate and regain fertility after vasectomy surgery.

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