It is possible to get your partner pregnant after getting a vasovasostomy procedure. Vasovasostomy refers to the reversal of the effects from a vasectomy, aimed at making a man fertile again. The success of achieving pregnancy after vasovasostomy is dependent on the amount of time that has elapsed since the vasectomy.
There are other factors at play, such as the surgeon’s expertise and competency, the type of repair procedure implemented, and the couple’s history in terms of the number of children they have had together (1).
Reasons for Reversing a Vasectomy
Quite often, some men reach a point where they want to reverse the effects of a vasectomy. This procedure is usually a permanent form of birth control, but there are several instances where a man may opt to restore their fertility. The potential reasons in such a case include:
- The couple decides that they want to have more children
- The patient plans on getting remarried and getting a kid with the new partner
- A child dying
- Failure of other fertility options such as IVF-ICSI
- Post-vasectomy pain
- Change of mind for any particular reason
How Fast Can Pregnancy Occur?
For some couples, pregnancy can happen as fast as a few weeks after getting a vasovasostomy. However, other couples might have to wait for up to two years before they can conceive. The average conception period takes about six months to 1 year (2). The amount of time taken is dependent on factors such as:
- The type of Vasectomy procedure you had
- Presence of any underlying fertility factors
- The time that sperm takes to get back to the ejaculate
How Can You Improve Your Odds?
The possibility of a successful vasectomy reversal depends on whether the operation was fruitful and the fertility level of both partners. These factors are very much out of your control. However, to improve your odds of pregnancy, there are a few things you could try after your operation. Here are a few of these tips.
- Refrain from unhealthy lifestyle habits: Habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol. Such practices may be a significant obstacle to the overall quality of the sperm.
- Ensure that your private parts remain cool: The reason the testicles are situated outside your body is that sperm don’t do well with heat. As such, you should avoid seat warmers, hot tubs, and sitting for a long time with your legs closed.
- Maintain a healthy diet: Research has revealed that eating lots of junk food, refreshed grain, red meat, and high intake of saturated sugars causes men to have low quality sperm compared to those who eat healthy meals.
- Have sex more often: There are two reasons why this approach is vital. Engaging in frequent sexual activity means that having sex when your partner is in ovulation is highly increased. Regular sex ensures that ejaculation moves the sperm up the reproductive organs in the male anatomy.
Pregnancy after Vasovasostomy
Reverse vasectomy surgery is the best option for siring your own children after a vasectomy. Another way of conception is through intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) (3). This procedure could be used in a case where vasovasostomy has failed or if it is a viable alternative for vasectomy reversal.
Link to Sources Used:
- Vasovasostomy and vasoepididymostomy: Review of the procedures, outcomes, and predictors of patency and pregnancy over the last decade https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6194271/
- Pregnancy outcomes after vasectomy reversal for female partners 35 years old or older https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12771762/
- Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/understanding-hiv-aids/glossary/3296/intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection