With rumours, myths, and online forums, there are many sources of information about vasectomy reversal that are both misleading and incorrect. The only people to listen to when you want to know about reversing a vasectomy in the UK are fully qualified Consultant Urological Surgeons who are registered on the GMC specialist register, like us.
So we’d like to give you the facts on some of the most common statements we hear and read about reversing a vasectomy.
Fiction – Vasectomy reversal is very painful
Fact – The surgery is performed under general anaesthetic so there is no pain felt. It is a minimally invasive procedure that, although requiring you to take up to two weeks off work to allow healing, will not cause you any pain during the procedure. There may be a little soreness for a few days after the operation, but pain relief will be provided to ease this.
Fiction – If the vasectomy was performed more than 10 years ago the reversal will not work
Fact – Whilst time is something to consider when doing a vasectomy reversal, it doesn’t determine if it will be successful or not. Your age, you and your partner’s fertility prior to the vasectomy and other things will all be considered. For example, other factors to consider are if all went well during the original vasectomy or if there was any damage done, and whether or not you had received any treatment that may have affected your testicles, such as chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer.
Fiction – Success rates are only about 1 in 3
Fact – Success rates will vary from one clinic to another, and will be determined by many different factors.Up to 7 years post vasectomy, you would have a 98% chance of success. You can view the rest of the success rates here.
Fiction – You are not allowed to have sex for 3 months after the procedure
Fact – We advise patients to abstain from sex for 2 weeks. This means that you could conceive a child within a month of surgery. Many of our couples have done so!
Fiction – Anti-sperm antibodies prevent vasectomy reversals being successful
Fact – Our experience is that women can become pregnant despite their partner having ant-sperm antibodies. We have evidence that it has happened many times.
Don’t ever listen to hearsay about vasectomy reversal; speak to experts in this field.