Pregnancy After Vasectomy – Is it Possible?

Pregnancy After Vasectomy - Is it Possible?

At some point in life, almost all women want to get pregnant and have babies. After all, motherhood is also a wonderful experience of a woman’s life. But if your husband does not want a baby then it may be a problem. If a man does not want a child, he may go for vasectomy; vasectomy is basically a permanent birth control solution for men. The chances of failure of this method to avoid birth control are extremely low, but are there any loopholes? Find out!

What is Vasectomy?

Vasectomy is a surgical intervention that involves tying off the reproductive tubes of a man. In other words, the vas deferens are tied off and severed by hampering the sperm from reaching the egg. This is not a temporary form of birth control but a permanent one.

Can You Get Pregnant Post Vasectomy?

As discussed above, vasectomy is a permanent method of birth control and is considered one of the best ways to practise birth control. Just the way all other methods do not have a 100 percent success rate, so is the case with a vasectomy, which means there may be a possibility of getting pregnant even if the husband has undergone a vasectomy surgery. A woman may get pregnant even if her husband has gone a vasectomy surgery, but the chances are fairly low.


What Are the Chances of Getting Pregnant After Vasectomy?

The chances of getting pregnant after vasectomy are extremely less. It is observed that in the first year after surgery, the chances of pregnancy may be 1 in 1000 and this may increase from 2 to 10 in the next five years after the surgery.

How Can a Women Get Pregnant After Vasectomy?

There are no sure ways to make a man or a woman sterile; therefore it is possible that a woman may get pregnant after a vasectomy surgery. Here are some ways to get pregnant after a vasectomy:

1. Having sexual intercourse before the man’s sperm count is confirmed to be zero

Although a man must have undergone a vasectomy surgery, the sperms may still be present in the semen for 2 to 3 months. If a couple has unprotected sex, then there are chances of pregnancy. Therefore, in the case where pregnancy needs to be avoided, your doctor may recommend you to undergo sperm analysis to confirm the sperm count to be zero before you practise unprotected sexual intercourse.

2. Vasectomy reversal

In case you wish to conceive after your husband has had a vasectomy, you can go for a reversal surgery. The surgical procedure is performed under anaesthesia, and the vas deferens is reconnected. The vasectomy reversal surgery may bring back the sperm into the semen and therefore you may try to get pregnant after a vasectomy reversal.

3. Recanalization (natural reversal)

Sometimes natural reversal or recanalization may occur. This may happen when the sperms are able to escape from the microscopic channels that may be present at the cut end of vas deferens. These channels may form due to some medical complications such as sperm granuloma and other such conditions. Usually, your doctor may establish this problem while doing your post-semen analysis after your vasectomy surgery and it may only be present in less than one percent of the cases. However, in rare cases, which are 1 in 4000, late recanalization may occur too. In case, you are wondering how to get pregnant after vasectomy without reversal, ask your doctor about your options.

4. Surgical errors

Sometimes vasectomy may fail due to some surgical errors. In case there is a surgical error, it may increase your odds of pregnancy after a vasectomy. Though this is a very rare phenomenon and may seldom happen. This is the reason you may be advised for a post-semen analysis to establish the success of your vasectomy surgery. Therefore, it is very important that you get your surgery done by an expert in the field.

Vasectomy is as one of the most preferred forms of birth controls, and it also has a very high success rate. However, as discussed above that no form of birth control is a hundred percent safe. Therefore, in case you want to know more about your options on birth control, you should get in touch with your doctor. Also, if you and your partner wish to have a baby after the vasectomy surgery, it may be possible too. You should get in touch with your doctor and know various ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant after the vasectomy.

Also Read: Stopping Birth Control & Its Effects on Conceiving

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