A 39-year-old member asked:

Does a vasectomy have to be reversed in order to extract the sperm for fertilization?

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kristin Kozakowski
Urology 20 years experience
No: A tese (testicular sperm extraction) is a procedure that involves removing a small part of the testicle and extracting the viable sperm that can be used in icsi (intracytoplasmic sperm injection).
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Dr. Edward Cherullo
Urology 26 years experience
No...: ...But you will need a procedure. Tesa and mesa or testis biopsy are alternative methods to extract sperm from the testicle to be used in conjunction with art (artificial reproductive technologies). Vasectomy reversal would potentially allow you to establish a pregnancy without the need for art.
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Dr. Andrew McCullough
Urology 45 years experience
Agree with No: It does require a partnership betweenthe urologist and the female reproductive endocrinologist. It is an involved expensive process. If cost is an issue, the donor sperm or adoption are the best alternatives. In any case, any expense is less than raising a kid!
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Is it possible to have a sperm granuloma a week after vasectomy?
Dr. Michael Fox
Fertility Medicine 36 years experience
Anything possible : Don't know what sperm granuloma is? Might be a rare complication but have never heard of this reaction.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
How long after vasectomy low numbers of immotile sperm can be found ?
Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 36 years experience
generally post successful vasectomy all the sperms disappear in 3-4 months in people with normal frequency of sex. Very occasionally a few dead sperms... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
If my sperm count 3 months after my vasectomy is 110 million, what could have happened?
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 59 years experience
1 IN 100 NO SUCCESS: It takes abot 10 to 20 ejaculations to clear all the sperms from the semen and it is 99.85% effective but some high teq surgery, there is 1 in100 cha... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Can doctors tell me what does your body do with the sperm it makes when you have a vasectomy?
Dr. Lee Hickok
Fertility Medicine 39 years experience
Sperm: It will usually live for a while and then be resorbed.
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Is it true that when you get a vasectomy you stop producing sperm eventually?
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Not necessarily: A successful vasectomy results in a complete blockage of the vas deferens (sperm duct). However, the testes continue to produce sperm for many years. ... Read More
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Last updated Sep 23, 2016

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