Although you did not want more children, you and your partner have changed your minds and are exploring your options. Yet when considering whether to choose a vasectomy reversal versus IVF, you may be unsure as to which route would be best for you. Here are some pros and cons of both to help you make your mind up.
What Is A Vasectomy Reversal?
A vasectomy reversal is a surgical procedure that involves reconstructing the male reproductive system. Live sperm can appear in as little as two weeks after surgery, and in our experience, the strength of sperm is not affected. There is also no evidence suggesting that there is a higher chance of miscarriage during pregnancy post-reversal.
Furthermore, if you want more than one child, a vasectomy reversal means you only need to have one initial procedure, leaving you free to try for more children in future when the time is right. The reversal takes just one day to complete, and the female partner does not need to take any form of medication or undergo any surgery herself.
However, you will need to wait a couple of weeks before engaging in any physical activity, including sport, lifting, or intercourse. This means that if you have a physical job, you will need to take time off to rest, but Mr Harriss can provide you with a sick certificate if required.
What Is IVF?
In vitro fertilisation involves retrieving sperm from the testes via surgery. The sperm can be injected into the egg instantly, or frozen and injected at a later date. This may be the option to choose if you only want to have one child, and don’t want a permanent vasectomy reversal.
A lot of complications can arise from IVF, especially because it involves both partners. When the eggs are retrieved from the woman’s ovaries, she may experience swelling, bleeding, or even permanent damage. Since medication is taken to encourage the production of a few eggs at one time, there is an increased chance of a multiple pregnancy. Moreover, the chance of miscarriage also increases with IVF.
Of Vasectomy Reversal versus IVF, which is best?
The easiest answer to this is the method that suits you physically and financially. There are no guarantees for either. We have people coming to us who have had failed IVF and then have a child via a successful vasectomy reversal. We have also have people going on to have IVF but interestingly of those couple who have a sperm count, albeit quite low, they often conceive just before the IVF starts. So the question of vasectomy reversal versus IVF has no clear answers but is a challenge to many. If you would like to discuss having a vasectomy reversal at one of the leading clinics in the UK, contact us now.