It can be nerve-wracking to think about trying to get pregnant after a vasectomy, but with the right steps, it’s possible! Here are some tips on how to increase your chances of conception post-procedure.

What is a Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is a surgical procedure that blocks the sperm ducts so that sperm cannot leave the body. It is a permanent form of birth control for men. The surgery involves making a small cut in the scrotum and then cutting and sealing the tubes that carry the sperm. This prevents sperm itself from being ejaculated but does not prevent ejaculation completely.  It is a safe and effective procedure with a very low risk of complications. Recovery time is typically short and most men can return to their normal activities within a few days. 

What is a Vasectomy Reversal?

A vasectomy reversal is a surgical procedure that reconnects the severed sperm ducts in order to allow sperm to leave the body again. There are many factors that can affect the success of a vasectomy reversal, so be patient and stay positive. It is typically performed on men who have had a vasectomy and later decide they want more children. The surgery is a little more complicated than a vasectomy and carries a higher risk of complications. Recovery time is also generally longer.

What if I Don’t Want a Vasectomy Reversal?

There are multiple resources available to help couples conceive after a vasectomy.

Try IVF 

There are also other fertility treatment options if you don’t want to go through the vasectomy reversal process, such as using a sperm donor or having a TESA (testicular sperm aspiration). Testicular sperm aspiration is a minor surgical procedure that removes sperm directly from the testicle. Sperm can then be used in fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization. 

Using a sperm donor

The first step to using a sperm donor, following a conversation with your physician is to choose the donor! You can find sperm donors through a sperm bank or online registry. Be sure to review their profile answers about their health and family history. Once you have chosen a donor, you will need to receive treatments such as IVF or IUI to use the donor sperm.

It is important to understand all of your options for getting pregnant after a vasectomy. There are also other choices available if you do not want surgery. Using a sperm donor may be the best route if you decide that a vasectomy reversal is not right for you. We hope that this article has helped you better understand your options.

Why New Hope?

New Hope Fertility Center is home to world-renowned fertility specialists. We custom design fertility treatments for the individual to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. Our specialists believe in putting the patient first and being with them through every step of the fertility journey. Our team is well versed in helping women of all ages reach their fertility goals and we are passionate about educating, and supporting our patients throughout their journey. If you want compassionate fertility care, New Hope is the right place for you. Call us at (347) 970-8479 or schedule your initial consultation today!