Vasectomy Reversal Success Rate

The success rate of a vasectomy reversal really depends on a number of things, most importantly, how long ago the vasectomy was performed. This is why some surgeons will refuse to carry out a vasectomy on younger men, not only because they are more likely to change their mind but it also might be a long time before they change their mind and by then, a vasectomy reversal may not be as successful. A vasectomy reversal within five years of having a vasectomy will give you a much higher likelihood of being fertile. According to BUPA, ‘about eight out of ten men are able to father children when their vasectomy is reversed within five years.’

Another important factor affecting the success of your partner becoming pregnant is the technique that was used during your vasectomy. Closed-ended techniques are more difficult to reverse. This in turn affects the type of vasectomy reversal procedure needed and again, affects the likelihood of bearing children.

General Factors Inhibiting Pregnancy

As well as a vasectomy and its effects on fertility and sperm abnormalities, there are other simpler factors to consider such as your age and the age and fertility of your partner. It may be that even with a successful vasectomy reversal, your partner will still not be able to get pregnant.

There may be underlying problems in other areas of your reproductive anatomy. This could also be the case for your partner. Before engaging in serious surgery such as a vasectomy reversal, it is advised that you and your partner be checked for other problems and consult a doctor who will give you advice based on your individual circumstances.

Success Rate of a Reversal Vasectomy

According to recent studies, around 5-11% of men regret getting a vasectomy. The success of a reversal can vary greatly and couples may still have to resort to IVF treatment, which is also extremely costly and may not work either. This is due to sperm counts being much lower than before the operation.

The degree of success depends on how long ago the operation was performed as well as the technique used to perform the procedure. Not only is there a lower sperm count than before, sperm is often more abnormal and results in a higher risk of birth defects in the child. However, success rates do show a slight increase as technology increases and surgeons are now better prepared for this type of surgery.

In extreme circumstances it may be possible for you to undergo a second reversal operation if the first has not worked.

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