Sperm Count After Vasectomy Reversal Procedure: Am I Getting Pregnant?

By Seomul Evans

Your body still generates sperm even after vasectomy. The purpose of the vasectomy is only to cut the tubes that would allow the semen carrying the sperm to pass through during ejaculation. The sperm is then ejaculated out of the man’s body into the urogenital opening of the woman during orgasm. The idea of vasectomy is only to stop the flow of the sperm by severing the passage of the semen.

What would be the sperm’s condition after vasectomy?

This information is not clear among people who are not familiar with the vasectomy process. Since the male body still produces sperm during orgasm, the sperm accumulates inside the testicles. There is no way that the sperm could flow outside the man’s body because the vas deferens tubes were already severed during the vasectomy procedure. This makes it impossible for the semen to transport the sperm from the testicles into the male prostate glands.

Accumulation of the sperm within the testicles will build up pressure. This will trigger the development of scar tissue and cause blockages. The accumulation of the sperm may cause the epididymis to blow and create some form of blockages. The blockages as well as the development of a scar tissue will hinder the flow of semen carrying the male sperm. The doctor needs to treat and carefully consider the blockages as well as the scar tissue during the reversal procedure. Reconnecting the vas deferens tubes would be useless if there are blockages and scar tissues.


Most popular reversal technique

The most popular form of reversal vasectomy technique is the vasovasostomy. This technique is the simplest vasectomy reversal technique where the doctor will reconnect the ends of the vas deferens tubes to create a good passage for the sperm. The doctor will suture the ends of the tubes using a high-powered microscope because the size of the tubes is comparable to the size of the smallest spaghetti. This certainly requires a highly skilled and experienced micro surgeon to connect the ends without any possibility for leaking completely. Any error committed during suturing will lessen your chances for having a child.

Normal period to regain fertility

The normal period for the sperm to regain its volume and health is about 8 months to 1 year. If after a year the doctor still finds insufficient sperm volume, then you need to start looking for other alternative. A second vasectomy reversal could still be an option although the success rate could be too low. However, the cost would still be cheaper as compared to the other alternative treatments.

You can only say that your reversal vasectomy procedure is successful if you conceive successfully. After a month from reversal surgery, the doctor will advise you to submit a semen sample for sperm analysis. Similar tests will be conducted in scheduled date until the doctor will find sufficient volume of healthy sperm. Patients who had the vasoepididymostomy technique in their reversal vasectomy need to wait a little longer to have a normal sperm flow.

The average length of time that you regain your normal sperm flow is a maximum of 1 year. It is essential that you wait patiently for this period before you decide to have another fertility method. The sperm volume and count would likely remain low a few months after the procedure.

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