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Vasectomy Reversal: What You Need to Know

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In 21st Century society, couples and families have more control over their bodies than ever before. Advances in medical technique have allowed men to decide how many children to have and when.

Sometimes they opt to have no children at all and one popular option for birth control includes a vasectomy. While the procedure is generally considered a permanent form of birth control, it can be reversed using what is called a vasovasostomy. The reversal reconnects the tubes dissected during a vasectomy.

The reversal procedure has become more common as men’s life goals change. Dramatic changes in the male priorities can manifest in many ways and introduce the wish to have children including maturity and new relationships.

In typical cases, a vasectomy reversal is a simple outpatient procedure performed in an office or clinical setting and usually does not require hospital a stay. Of course, if there are complications such as blockages, the surgery may require more attention and medical treatment. Once in the office a local anesthetic is administered to numb the area. On occasion twilight sedation or general anesthesia may also be used.


The procedure itself usually lasts from two to four hours, with a few more hours to recover from the effects of the anesthetic. You should be able to return home the same day and resume normal activities, including sex, within a few weeks. Pain will be mild to moderate and you can take over the counter or prescription medication for pain management.


It is important to note that the odds of a successful vasovasostomy decline over time. In fact, studies have shown that reversals are more successful in the first decade after an initial vasectomy. There are a few things to consider when opting for a vasectomy reversal:


  • Pregnancy success rate is over 50%.
  • The highest chance of reversal success lies within thirty-six months of the vasectomy.
  • Pregnancy results decline to 30% if the reversal is performed 10 years after vasectomy.


People change over time and what was a low priority in a man’s life may become a high concern later on. Financial success and new relationships can change a guy’s outlook on families and children leading them to reverse a vasectomy. Fortunately, this is a fairly common procedure with a quick recovery time and high chances for success.

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