Sometimes after vasectomy has been performed, a man decides he would like to father another child. This can often be done by reversing the process of a vasectomy.
Vasectomy reversal is frequently the best option to restore fertility in men who have had a vasectomy. There are approximately 500,000 vasectomy’s performed in the United States each year according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This type of birth control is popular among adult males who are interested in preventing future pregnancies. For a variety of reasons, however, nearly 10% of men who undergo a vasectomy later change their minds and undergo a vasectomy reversal. It's becoming an increasingly popular option for men who decide to have a child later in life.
The vasectomy reversal procedure is not covered under most insurance plans. However our price for this procedure is very competitive and cost-effective. Our vasectomy reversals are performed using micro-surgical techniques with Board Certified Urologists and Registered Nurses. Our vasectomy and vasectomy reversal clinic serves patients from throughout the Seattle area, with patients utilizing our services from as far south as Olympia and Tacoma and as far north as Everett and Snohomish.
A vasectomy reversal takes more time and is more complex than a vasectomy; therefore, regional anesthesia will be used, requiring additional recovery time.
A vasectomy involves severing the vas deferens so that the passage of sperm is interrupted and their release from the body is prevented. After the procedure, sperm are still made but die soon after production and are absorbed by the body. The vasectomy reversal is the process of opening and reconnecting those pathways. This enables the sperm to flow freely from the testes through the urethra and out of the penis during intercourse.
As with a vasectomy, a vasectomy reversal causes no physical changes to the scrotal area, and after a normal healing period, sexual relations may continue. A vasectomy reversal procedure will not affect your sex drive or ability to have an erection.
Our doctor will meet with you and your partner, answer your questions and discuss the likelihood of restoring your fertility. While there is no guarantee if you have a vasectomy reversal that your partner will become pregnant, the success rate is high with 97 percent of the men producing sperm in their ejaculation, and a 75 percent pregnancy rate. Many factors are involved with the most important being the length of time since your original vasectomy was performed. The more time which has passed since the vasectomy, the lower the chance of having sperm with high enough numbers to result in pregnancy. If the vasectomy reversal is performed between three and eight years after the vasectomy, the rate for sperm in the ejaculate is about 90 percent, and the pregnancy rate is about 50 percent. If the vasectomy reversal is performed more than 15 years after the vasectomy, the rate of sperm in the ejaculate is about 70 percent, and the pregnancy rate is about 30 percent.