Common Reasons to Reverse a Vasectomy

Getting a vasectomy and then a vasectomy reversal come as a result of big life decisions. It’s important to come in with an understanding of the vasectomy reversal, and what it means to your and your partner’s future. The Y Factor Men’s Urological Wellness with Dr. Russel Williams is one of the few reproductive practices in the greater Houston area, and we’re here to ensure you receive quality care so you experience the best results. 

Reasons patients get vasectomy reversals

Typically, men seek a vasectomy reversal because they have decided they want to have a child. This is often the case when you have a new partner or you change your mind about having children later in your life. Some families seek to change their decision when they experience more stability and resources. The decision to have a child may even be prompted after the loss of another child. 

Another common reason you may want to reverse your vasectomy is due to pain in your testicles caused by the initial procedure. When this occurs, a reversal is best to reverse the negative symptoms. 

Good candidates 

You can reverse your vasectomy at any time, even up to 20 years after your vasectomy. However the vasectomy reversal is less effective the longer you wait, and it may be difficult for you to have a child. There could be other factors that can get in the way when and your partner are trying to conceive, and it’s best to continue to talk to your doctor. 

The kinds of vasectomy reversals

There are two ways Dr. Williams can reverse your vasectomy. The first is called a vasovasostomy. This procedure connects both sides of the vas deferens, the tubes that carry the sperm from your testicles to your penis. If this doesn’t work, the second procedure is a vasoepididymostomy, which connects your vas deferens to the epididymis. The epididymis is the area above the testes where the sperm is stored. 

In most cases a vasovasostomy has a significantly higher success rate than the vasoepididymostomy. 

Results after vasectomy reversal

After the procedure, you’re be able to return to regular physical activity, including sex, within a month. Within five weeks, you should be able to ejaculate successfully. After six weeks, Dr. Williams takes a semen sample in order to examine the sperm count. If successful, you should be able to try to have children. It is possible for it to take longer for your sperm count to increase, from a few months to a year after the procedure. 

If you’re considering a vasectomy reversal, schedule a consultation with Dr. Williams by calling the office or booking online.

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