There’s a vast amount of genuine information on vasectomy reversal online. There’s also loads of misinformation on the same topic. This is probably because the procedure isn’t particularly common, with only about 2-6 percent of men who’ve had a vasectomy seeking a reversal.
At Texas Urological Clinic, it’s our top priority to educate our patients about the truths of vasectomy reversal, which is why we’ve come up with the following myths and misconceptions associated with the procedure to help you understand the facts.
You Cannot Father Children Naturally After A Vasectomy
First of all, this is probably the biggest myth of all. Some people believe that, for a number of reasons, men who’ve had a vasectomy won’t be able to father kids except through IVF (in vitro fertilization). Nothing could be further from the truth. Depending on various factors, vasectomy reversal can lead to successful conception in about 50-90 percent of cases.
The origin of this myth is probably due to the fact that vasectomy is said to be a permanent way to address unwanted fertility. Yes, vasectomy is the best method of male contraception and reversal isn’t easy. However, it’s definitely possible.
You Only Have One Shot at Vasectomy Reversal
Men who’ve had an unsuccessful procedure usually believe they’ve got no further opportunity to naturally father children. This isn’t true. Although the chances of future success often reduce after a failed procedure, an additional reversal can still be a success. If you’re caught in this situation, please consider seeing an expert with experience and expertise in reversing vasectomies. Different surgeons have different success rates, and you should give yourself the best chance of a successful outcome.
Sperm Production Stops Temporarily After A Vasectomy
Another common myth is that men stop producing sperm after having a vasectomy. As a matter of fact, men continue to produce sperm which is reabsorbed by the body (normally in the epididymis).
After 10 Years, a Vasectomy Reversal Has Zero Chance Of Success
Yes, the success rates of vasectomy reversal do tank over time after the initial vasectomy. However, the sperm can return in most patients even after 10 years of having a vasectomy.
Unlike a woman, a man doesn’t lose fertility at any time in his life. Although a 70-year-old man has less chance of fathering kids than a 20-year-old man, men well into their 80s have successfully fathered children.