Men decide to have a vasectomy reversal for a number of reasons, including loss of a child, a change of heart or remarriage. A small number of men have a vasectomy reversal to treat testicular pain that may be linked to a vasectomy.
Vasectomy reversal reconnects each tube (vas deferens) that carries sperm from a testicle into the semen. After a successful vasectomy reversal, sperm are again present in the semen, and you may be able to get your partner pregnant.Almost all vasectomies can be reversed. However, this doesn't guarantee success in conceiving a child. Pregnancy rates after vasectomy reversal will range from about 30 percent to over 90 percent, depending on the type of procedure.
Many factors affect whether a reversal is successful in achieving pregnancy, including time since a vasectomy, partner age, surgeon experience and training, and whether or not you had fertility issues before your vasectomy. The longer it has been since the vasectomy, the less likely it is that the reversal will work.
Vasectomy reversal rarely leads to serious complications but some risks include:
Dr. Landon Trost, a Mayo Clinic specialist in male infertility and andrology, provides a general overview on vasectomy reversal.
Watch: Dr. Trost gives an overview of a vasectomy reversal.
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