Can a vasectomy be reversed?


Vasectomy should be considered irreversible as reversal operations and all other techniques are not universally successful. If you are contemplating a reversal then vasectomy may not be the best choice for you.

The functional success rate for reversal operations quite high (up to 90% in the first 5 years following vasectomy) but declines with time due to decreased sperm production and the development of anti-sperm antibodies. An alternative to reversal for future pregnancy is an ‘IVF’ procedure using stored sperm or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (which involves taking an immature sperm directly from the testicle and injecting it into an egg)

Sperm storage is available and can be organised.

Note: Medicare does not rebate reversal operations or ICSI or sperm storage.

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