Q17. How will I know if I am fertile?

A17. You will have to wait for 3 months before undergoing a semen test. This involves the doctor checking a sample of your semen to check if it contains sperm or not. If this is a negative result then you will undergo regular monthly tests until sperm is detected. Expect to wait longer if you have undergone a vasoepididymostomy.If sperm are not detected after a period of 18 months then the surgery is considered to have failed. You may consider another reversal operation but talk to your surgeon first. This is discussed in greater detail in our vasectomy reversal and sperm count section.

FAQS Index : A guide to Vasectomy Reversal

Vasectomy Reversal FAQs

  1. What is a vasectomy reversal?
  2. Can a vasectomy reversal be performed as keyhole surgery?
  3. Can I have a local anaesthetic?
  4. Am I a suitable candidate for a vasectomy reversal?
  5. If I am not suitable then is there an alternative?
  6. How successful is vasectomy reversal?
  7. What are the failure rates for vasectomy reversal?
  8. How much does a vasectomy reversal cost?
  9. Will the NHS pay for a vasectomy reversal?
  10. How long does a vasectomy reversal take?
  11. Which procedure will I need?
  1. If my vasectomy reversal fails, can I have a second procedure?
  2. What are the risks of a vasectomy reversal?
  3. What is the recovery time after a vasectomy reversal?
  4. How much time will I need off work?
  5. When can I have sex after surgery?
  6. How will I know if I am fertile?
  7. Will my partner become pregnant following my surgery?
  8. How long should I wait before having a vasectomy reversal?
  9. Why is it more difficult than a vasectomy?

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