Alternatives to a Vasectomy Reversal

Intra-Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection

The main alternative to having a vasectomy reversal is for a surgeon to directly remove sperm from the testicles. This can then be used to inject your partners egg directly in the womb with the sperm via artificial insemination or it can be used for IVF treatment, whereby the egg and sperm are fertilised outside of your partner and then implanted. Surgeons will often strongly advise that you undergo a reversal vasectomy first as this is a much cheaper option and allows for a much more natural way of conceiving, which many people prefer.

The procedure for directly removing sperm from the testicles is usually done by injection into the testicles and extracting the sperm. There is evidence to suggest that this can lead to a risk of obstruction however. This means that the sperm may not be able to travel to the vas deferens.

IVF Treatment

IVF is usually only considered after a reversal vasectomy has failed but the choice is ultimately yours and you can decide which option is best for you. IVF is considered a last option usually because it is very expensive and like all the other techniques, also does not have a 100% success rate of pregnancy. There is also a much higher risk of multiple births.

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