A vasectomy is a medical procedure that helps reduce the risk of pregnancy to nearly 0%. The procedure is completed on men who don’t want to have children or who’ve already had children and don’t want to risk having more. There are times, however, when the decision is questioned later in life leaving men with questions about vasectomy reversal. Can a vasectomy be reversed to restore male fertility?
How Does it Work?
When a vasectomy is completed the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles are cut so sperm is no longer present in semen. Men still function like normal during ejaculation, but there are no sperm present so pregnancy is not an issue. The reversal of the procedure requires reconnecting those tubes. Most of the time the surgery is successful but there are situations that prevent vasectomy reversal, but that doesn’t mean conception is out of the question.
The Tube is Gone Not the Sperm
Just because the tube that carries the sperm cannot be restored doesn’t mean the testicles have stopped producing sperm. Fertility specialists can harvest sperm directly from the testicles to use in fertility treatments. There are several means of harvesting sperm.
Sperm Harvesting or Reversal?
With so many options to harvest sperm, men may find they question whether or not they actually want the vasectomy reversal in the first place. Before making a final decision, talk with your partner and doctor about the two procedures. Cost, effectiveness and insurance coverage are a few factors that should be taken into consideration before making the final choice. Men and their partners also have to take the effect of the procedure into consideration. Vasectomy reversal is a long-term choice while sperm harvesting is a one-time procedure.