Pregnancy After Vasectomy

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Getting Pregnant After a Vasectomy

A vasectomy is a procedure that many married couples choose as a form of birth control.  This is a procedure similar to a tubal ligation for women where the reproductive tubes are severed and tied off. It is commonly referred to as “having your tubes tied.”

A vasectomy is a procedure in which the vas deferens is severed and tied off, preventing sperm from reaching the egg. This is performed as a permanent form of birth control, which leads some to ask if pregnancy after vasectomy is possible.

Is it Possible?

A vasectomy is one of the best ways to prevent pregnancy, with rates of pregnancy around 1/1,000 after the first year, and between 2-10/1,000 after five years.  Most reports indicate that following a vasectomy a couple has a less than 1% chance of getting pregnant.

However, it is recommended to have an analysis of a semen specimen after vasectomy (SSAV) to determine the success of the procedure before ceasing to use alternative methods of contraception. Although the possibility of becoming pregnant following a vasectomy is low, the possibility is still there. If your partner is experiencing pregnancy symptoms, she may consider taking a pregnancy test.

Vasectomy Reversal: Pregnancy After Vasectomy

As noted earlier, a vasectomy is considered a permanent form of birth control. However, in the same way that a woman can undergo surgery for tubal ligation reversal, a man can have a vasectomy reversal surgery if a couple decides to try to conceive. Nonetheless, a reversal of a vasectomy does not insure that pregnancy can be achieved.

Compiled from the Following Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2721499/ http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/gynecology/tubal_ligation_135,27/ http://sogc.org/publications/tubal-ligation-female-surgical-sterilization/ Beckmann, C. (2010). Obstetrics and gynecology (6th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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