A vasectomy is a safe and effective method of contraception among men.
It is also fairly common given that approximately 500,000 men in the US choose to undergo a vasectomy annually, and globally approximately 6% of couples practice birth control through vasectomy.
Because vasectomies are effective, it’s important for men and couples to consider their plans for future children before committing.
It is still possible to have biological children even if one undergoes a vasectomy. One of the ways that a couple could do that is by choosing to store their sperm for later use prior to getting a vasectomy. This article discusses an alternative for men who go through vasectomy but want a backup for procreation later in life.
How Does Vasectomy Work?
A vasectomy is a minor surgical procedure that provides men with an opportunity to control procreation. It involves tying up the vas deference (a tubular structure that transports your sperm from the testes to the urethra for ejaculation) and stopping the transfer of sperm to the female reproductive tract during intercourse.
When one goes through a vasectomy, the doctor ties their vas deference in the scrotal portion through a stitch or clip, which creates a physical barrier. Within a few days post-vasectomy, a local inflammatory reaction happens. It anchors the obstruction further by creating a scar-like structural change at the site. This is why a vasectomy is a reliable contraceptive for men.
What about a Vasectomy Reversal?
Vasectomy reversal is a procedure that allows men restore the ability to transfer sperm to the female reproductive tract. The research suggests that approximately 6% to 10% of men seek vasectomy reversal later in life. This proportion increases in the younger population.
There are various reasons why an individual may want to undergo a vasectomy reversal. For example:
. They may desire to bear a child later in life
. They may divorce or remarry and decide to have children with a different partner
Even though vasectomy reversal is possible, it does have its risks. According to researchers at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, the success rate of pregnancy after vasectomy reversal is approximately 30 to 50%, so the chance of getting your partner pregnant following reversal may be reduced.
Sperm storage may give individuals peace of mind in the event they change their mind about their future family.
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