The main reason that men contact us for a vasectomy reversal is to enable them to father a child, whether this is with a new partner or to increase their family.
At The Vasectomy Reversal Centre we have high levels of success, but sometimes patients want to know that they can try for a baby through IVF if the reversal doesn’t work and ask to harvest sperm, as part of the procedure.
The vasectomy reversal success rate at the centre is very positive and we regularly monitor and analyse these results to ensure that they are continuing to improve. For vasectomies that occurred less than seven years ago, we are currently seeing a 98% success rate, with this only falling to 84% for reversals that took place between 15 and 20 years after the vasectomy. We categorise success as having live sperm present after three months or a pregnancy taking place within three months.
What is sperm harvesting?
During the reversal process, some surgeons extract sperm by using a large needle to go into the epididymis, which is where sperm is collected at the top of the testis. The sperm that is extracted can then be stored and used for artificial fertilisation in the future if necessary. There is a significant additional cost for this
But should you have sperm harvested?
This may sound like a good idea if you’re already having the reversal procedure, but Mr Harriss would always advise you not to have your sperm harvested at the time of vasectomy reversal. Why?
1. There is an increased risk of damaging the very tubes that you are trying to rejoin. Mr Harriss would always advocate that you have your best attempt at a vasectomy reversal and then store sperm, assuming a positive outcome, at three months. This will be much easier to produce and have less cost associated.
2. The risk of bruising and internal bleeding is higher post sperm extraction so your recovery will take longer of you also have the vasectomy reversal.
There is no guaranteed best way to carry out sperm extraction, but you should aim for the least invasive and simplest method, which is not during a vasectomy reversal.
In the end, it’s your choice whether you’d like to have sperm harvested. Contact The Vasectomy Reversal Centre to find out more.