Myths And Urban Legends About Vasectomy And Reverse Vasectomy
The reverse vasectomy grapevine is very solid. Rumors and myths make the rounds on a regular basis and many men get spooked by what they hear. So, here is a roundup of the myths, along with the truth:
One: Men Stop Making Sperm Post-Vasectomy
Incorrect. Men continue producing sperm after a vasectomy unless their sperm-making abilities are impacted by testicular injury, exposure to toxins or other medical issues.
Two: Reverse Vasectomies Are Unsuccessful When Performed 10 Years After A Vasectomy
Wrong again. That said, this was true once upon a time, before scientific advancements fine-tuned the vasoepididymostomy process. Today, microsurgical processes have ensured that most vasovasostomies are successful. Look around on the net and you will come across 100s of success stories that prove this myth wrong.
Three: Sperm Antibodies Will Adversely Impact The Chance Of Pregnancy After A Reverse Vasectomy
False. Sperm bodies are proteins that are produced after a vasectomy. After the vas deferens are cut in a vasectomy, the body continues to produce sperm and the antibodies are created so that the body is protected in case any sperm leaks inside the body. It has also been conclusively proved that most men do not produce any sperm antibodies after a vasovasostomy. Another study establishes that sperm antibodies are not responsible for low-quality sperm.
Four: In Vitro Fertilization Is Way Better Than Vasectomy Reversal
Partially Correct. It is best for couples to choose from pregnancy options. 40% of couples who opt for in vitro fertilization with harvested sperm and intracytoplasmic injection are successful (i.e., the woman got pregnant). Correspondingly, 43% of men became fathers after a reverse vasectomy. So, the success rates are alike and the choice is best left to the couple. That said, a vasovasostomy is much cheaper.
Five: If You Want To have Just One Baby Then You Must Choose In Vitro Instead of A Vasectomy Reversal
Not True. That’s because there’s a 30% chance of having twins after an IVF. If you want just one child (because of any reason) and you get two, then your psychology and home economy can be thrown off-gear. Moreover, an IVF involves taking injections and going through a harvesting procedure. Vasovasostomies are simpler. Having a reverse vasectomy followed by a vasectomy is simpler and affordable than going through with an IVF.
These are some myths surrounding vasectomy reversal. We hope our answers helped clear up many of your doubts.
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Barry M. Bradshaw is a blogger and father of 3, thanks to a successful reverse vasectomy he had 2 years ago.