Success Rate of Vasectomy Reversals


A vasectomy is widely considered a permanent birth control procedure, however, some people undergo significant life changes which might make them reconsider the decision and seek vasectomy reversal. In today’s society where approximately 40 percent of all marriages are second marriages the requests for vasectomy reversals has become commonplace, reports the Independent.

One study showed an 84 percent pregnancy success rate after a vasectomy reversal, even more than 15 years after the initial vasectomy.

One study showed an 84 percent pregnancy success rate after a vasectomy reversal, even more than 15 years after the initial vasectomy.

The success rate of vasectomy reversals — known as vasovasostomy — is largely dependent on the number of years that have elapsed since the surgery. In some cases, despite undergoing a successful reversal surgery, the man’s sperm quality may be poor or, in some cases, a man develops antibodies against his life sperm. However, if live sperm is detected at the testis vas deferens during the vasectomy reversal surgery, the chances are quite good for a successful reversal and that a man will regain fertility.

In studies conducted by the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, vasectomy reversals were highly successful even in patients who’s vasectomy surgery was conducted fifteen years prior to the reversal. The study found a pregnancy success rate of 84 percent after vasectomy reversal surgery. The average pregnancy rate for a man who has never undergone a vasectomy is 90 percent, so the overall conclusion is that vasectomy reversals are highly successful. Vasectomy reversals performed on men whose vasectomies were older than 15 years experienced a significant drop in pregnancy success; the pregnancy rate for men with older vasectomies plunged to a dismal 44 percent.

At Urology Austin, we specialize in vasectomies and vasectomy reversal surgery. Please contact us to learn about our services.