Do you find our website to be helpful?
Yes   No

What is the Success Rate for a Vasectomy Reversal?

Have you changed your mind and now you want to have children after all — but you’ve had a vasectomy? Learn how a vasectomy re

Did you have a vasectomy because you thought you didn’t want to have any more children, or maybe none at all? Then change your mind? You’re not alone. While a vasectomy is considered a permanent sterilization procedure, it can, in fact, be reversed. Between 6-10% of men who’ve had vasectomies change their minds.

If you’re among those men who’ve had a change of heart about adding children to their family, you may be wondering if the reversal procedure is risky — and whether it’s effective. At Advanced Urology Medical Offices in Los Angeles, Redondo Beach, and Culver City, California, our team of professional urologists can help you understand the procedure, risks, and success rates.

What is a vasectomy reversal?

A vasectomy is the birth control choice of 42 million to 60 million men worldwide. It has a very high success rate as a method of birth control, with only 1 or 2 pregnancies out of every 1,000 couples. 

Life circumstances may change, however, since you decided to have a vasectomy. The death of a child, a new marriage, or just a change of heart about adding to your family can affect a couple’s decision to reverse the vasectomy.

During a vasectomy, the vas deferens — the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the urethra — are cut or blocked. A reverse vasectomy reconnects these tubes so that sperm again mixes with semen. Once sperm is back in the mix, you’ll be able to get your partner pregnant. 

Are vasectomy reversals successful?

Almost all vasectomies can be reversed. It may take a few months to a year to have enough sperm for pregnancy. However, pregnancy rates can vary from 30% to over 90%. Several factors contribute to a successful pregnancy. 

One of those factors is the time between the initial vasectomy and the reversal procedure. The longer the time between the two, the lower the success rate. However, most vasectomy reversals performed within 10 years of the initial procedure are successful. Rates start to decline after 15 years.

Other factors include the age of the female partner and the male partner, and whether either partner has fertility issues, or had them in the past. Sometimes scarring from the vasectomy reversal can block sperm flow. 

Working with a skilled, trained urologist can improve your success rate. The Advanced Urology Medical Offices urologists specialize in microscopic vasectomy reversal techniques and can also perform complex surgery that can reduce scarring, if necessary. 

If you’ve had a vasectomy and would like to have it reversed, call Advanced Urology Medical Offices, which has locations in the Westchester, Redondo Beach, and Culver City neighborhoods and suburbs of Los Angeles. You can also request an appointment online or send the team a message here on their website. 

 

You Might Also Enjoy...

Tips for Preventing a UTI

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common but bothersome. If you’ve had a UTI, chances are good that you don’t want to get another one. The good news is that a few simple lifestyle changes can help prevent a UTI from developing.

A Look at the Different Types of Female Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence is a common — but embarrassing — condition affecting millions of women. Involuntary urine leakage can keep you from enjoying life, but it doesn’t have to. Learn about common types of urinary incontinence and how to treat them.

Which Penile Prosthesis Implant is Right For Me?

Severe erectile dysfunction significantly impacts your sex life. If conservative options like medication or a penis pump haven't made a difference, don’t give up hope. A penile prosthesis implant could be a good option for you. Learn more here.

Telltale Signs You Have a Kidney Stone

Kidney stones are common, but symptoms range from sharp pain in your side to a burning sensation when you urinate. Learn more here about the telltale signs of a kidney stone and what you can do to pass the stone and stop the pain.

Does a Vasectomy Hurt?

Vasectomy is a safe, effective form of birth control. It’s a good option for men who don’t want to have children in the future, but the thought of having surgery “down there” makes many hesitate. But does a vasectomy really hurt? Find out here.

5 Tips for Preventing Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are mineral deposits that form in kidneys and pass through the urinary tract, often causing intense pain along the way. While some risk factors like family history are unavoidable, here are tips that will help you prevent stones with lifestyl