Can I get pregnant if my partner had a Vasectomy?

A vasectomy is one of the most common sterilization methods in the United States. Around 50 million men have had a vasectomy, which accounts for approximately 5% of married men! Outside of that, over 500,000 men get electoral vasectomies for other reasons.

After a vasectomy, if you decide you would like to conceive, there are two procedures you can choose between to have a child. The options are either a vasectomy reversal or sperm aspiration and in vitro fertilization (IVF). It is best to consult with your doctor on which procedure would be best for you. Things they will consider include:

  • How long ago did you have the vasectomy?
  • You and your partner’s age.
  • The number of children you want.
  • How quickly do you want to conceive?

Vasectomy reversal procedure –

To undo a vasectomy one must get a vasectomy reversal procedure. During this, a surgeon reconnects each of the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles into the semen. After a successful vasectomy reversal, sperm will be present in the semen and pregnancy may occur.

Pregnancy rates after vasectomy reversal range from 30% to over 90%, depending on the type of reversal. Other factors that can affect whether a reversal is successful include time since vasectomy, partner age, surgeon experience and training, and whether fertility issues were present before the vasectomy.

Sperm aspiration and IVF –

For those that would prefer a less invasive route, sperm aspiration with IVF is an option. The procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia in the clinic and is a relatively fast process. The doctor aspirates (light suction) sperm directly from the testicles through a tiny needle. Most men report that the pain level is minor and does not usually last longer than a day. The sperm retrieved is then used to fertilize your partner’s eggs in a laboratory through IVF.

There are several other advantages to this method over a vasectomy reversal. Going the IVF route for some patients may lessen the time to conception and minimizes the need for additional birth control after pregnancy. It is also a less invasive procedure with a quicker recovery time.

IVF is considered the ideal option for patients who:

  • Are over 35
  • Only want one (more) child
  • Want to preemptively check for recessive genetic conditions
  • Want to select embryo gender
  • Partner suffers from a low ovarian reserve/low AMH


About 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!