Can you still get Pregnant after a Vasectomy?


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Although the chances of your partner becoming pregnant are very low and a vasectomy is considered one of the most effective forms of birth control compared to other methods, there is still a chance, no matter how small, that pregnancy will occur.

It is important to remember that a vasectomy does in no way protect against sexually transmitted diseases however, so many people may choose to still use other forms of contraception. This vastly decreases the likelihood of pregnancy. Other ways to combine methods includes your partner undergoing a tubal ligation but there are separate issues to consider here, such as, safety.

Another issue surrounding the effectiveness of a vasectomy is the sudden re-joining of the vas deferens, resulting in sperm once again being found in semen. This can be found in the short term, which is much easier to detect and correct but it can also become a long-term problem as it can happen at any time. After the initial sperm testing to rule out short-term failure, most men opt to undergo a yearly sperm test to ensure that there are still no traces of sperm in their semen.

If you have had a vasectomy and wish to reverse its effects, there are surgeries and procedures you can consider but the quality of the sperm may be dramatically reduced depending on how long ago the vasectomy was performed. Similarly, the longer it has been since your vasectomy, the less likely it is that your partner will become pregnant. This is due to sperm defects developing over time.

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