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Vasectomy reversal myths debunked

vasectomy reversal mythsIf you decide to undergo a vasectomy reversal, myths are not helpful. By having accurate information at your fingertips that will ensure you are as informed as possible. Having worked with thousands of people, we have heard most stories and these seem to be the most common.

Popular Vasectomy Reversal Myths

You are too old.

The reality is that a vasectomy reversal can be performed at any age, so long as an individual is healthy enough to undergo the treatment.

It doesn’t work after 10 years

One of the very popular vasectomy reversal myths which is based on outdated studies. Modern techniques used today have increased the vasectomy reversal success rate even if the original vasectomy was performed years ago. Even after about 20 years, you still stand an 84% chance of success following a vasectomy reversal.

Anti-sperm antibodies cause infertility

It is widely believed that anti-sperm antibodies attack healthy sperm following a reversal and can cause infertility. In actual fact, antibodies are present in the blood and not in sperm following a vasectomy reversal, so are normally not responsible for any fertility problems that may arise following the procedure. Further facts dispelling this particular vasectomy reversal myth are that many men who have played contact sports, regular cyclists or had previous groin surgery also are at high risk of having anti-sperm antibodies yet we know of rugby players and cyclists who have fathered children.

In the case of men who had a vasectomy, it is the vasectomy that caused the antibodies to develop and not the reversal.

IVF is a better option

You will need to weigh up the pros and cons of choosing IVF or vasectomy reversal, but there are many benefits to choosing reversing a vasectomy over IVF. For starters, a vasectomy reversal is a quick, single procedure that has good success rates, enabling you to conceive a baby naturally. In contrast, IVF is a gruelling process that often requires several attempts to increase the chance of success. The cost of a vasectomy reversal is also much lower compared to IVF procedures. Bear in mind also that there is a greater chance of multiple pregnancies when opting for IVF, so if you are only hoping for one baby, a vasectomy reversal is easily a better option.

Vasectomy reversal successes are the same whoever you choose

This is not the case at all. Doctors and standards vary, so if you want to achieve the best results possible choose a surgeon who is specialised in vasectomy reversal and has extensive experience. Mr Harriss has many years of experience and is available to answer any questions about vasectomy reversal myths that you may have.