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It is not uncommon for a man to get a vasectomy during a marriage or long-term relationship, only to want a vasectomy reversal, or a vasovasostomy (pronounced "vay-zo-vay-zost-oh-me), in the future.
If the goal is conceiving children, sperm retrieval rather than vasectomy reversal can be considered. Assistive reproductive technologies have come a long way, and demonstrate up to 30 percent success in achieving pregnancy. Sperm retrieval is less invasive for the man, as well, however, because this process would require the woman to undergo in vitro fertilization or in utero fertilization, she would need to take fertility drugs and the risk for multiple births is increased.
If the goal is to produce children through natural means, a vasectomy reversal is the only option, and carried an average 80 percent success rate.
Talk to your Urologist or Fertility Specialist to get all the facts before making the decision about vasectomy reversal.