Vasectomy is sometimes known as "male sterilisation". A vasectomy works by preventing sperm from the testes (the male sex glands that produce and store sperm) reaching the semen that is ejaculated during intercourse.
A vasectomy is usually considered to be a permanent form of contraception because it is not always possible to reverse the procedure.
If you are considering having a vasectomy, you should bear this in mind and think very carefully before making your decision.
Reversing a vasectomy is a complicated procedure that involves rejoining the sperm-carrying tubes that were cut or blocked during your vasectomy.
Many couples, after having their desired number of children choose to take permanent actions to prevent further pregnancies.
While these actions are a good idea for some people, it may be drastic for others.
What if you change your mind? What if, heaven forbid, a divorce happens and a remarriage results or your spouse desires to have more children?
Perhaps you have had a death of a child, or maybe your financial situation has changed, allowing the opportunity for more children.
If you have received a vasectomy and you and your partner have decided that you would like to have more children, a pregnancy after vasectomy reversal is not impossible, although it may be more difficult.
Discussing your concerns with your partner and your doctor will give you a better idea of what you have to look forward to and what to expect if you would like to have your vasectomy reversed.
It is a fact that men continue to produce sperm even after a vasectomy, regardless of how much time has transpired since the actual surgery.
An estimated 500,000 men receive vasectomies every year and of those 500,000, about 5% of them change their minds.
The reversal surgery is as simple as the vasectomy itself. It is far more reliable and a simple procedure than a tubal ligation reversal in a woman.
Depending on the amount of time that has passed since your vasectomy, it is possible that some scar tissue has built up which may make it more difficult for sperm to pass through the tubes properly into a woman's vagina.
A study done on the success rate of a woman getting pregnant by a man who has received a vasectomy reversal is about 76%, so the odds are definitely in your favour.
Of course, it all depends on the age of your partner and their ability to get pregnant as well.
A pregnancy after vasectomy reversal is very possible and the success rate is relatively high, so giving this opportunity a shot is definitely worth it if this is the route that you wish to take.
It is important to note that most health insurances do not cover a reverse vasectomy. Vasectomies generally are covered, but a reversal is not, so you will be paying for this out of your own pocket.
If you wish to have more children, but you have already had a vasectomy, the option is still there for you to take that chance!
For example, the more time that has passed since your vasectomy, the more scar tissue will have developed in the tubes that carry sperm to your genital.
It is estimated that the success rate of a vasectomy reversal is...
These figures are based on the number of couples who successfully had a baby after the man had a vasectomy reversal.
In some cases pregnancy may still not happen after a vasectomy reversal, even when there is sperm in your semen.
This is because your sperm may be less mobile after the procedure than they were before. It may be possible to have fertility treatment in these cases.
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