Docteur Jean-Philippe Bercier BSc, MD, CCFP



Common Misconceptions about a Vasectomy Reversal

Common Misconceptions about a Vasectomy Reversal

As with vasectomies, there is plenty of misinformation about vasectomy reversal. A vasectomy is meant to be permanent. There are many reasons men change their mind about their vasectomy. Vasectomy reversals are becoming more frequent, but the information about them is often misconstrued. Here are some myths and misconceptions concerning this procedure.

Misconception: Vasectomy Reversal Rates Are Low

Truth: Most doctors will tell you that there is no guarantee of a vasectomy reversal. A vasectomy is a big decision. In the past, reversals were much less successful. Today, the technique we use has an 85% success rate overall at retrieving spermatozoids 1 month after the reversal.

Misconception: Vasectomy Reversals Get Less Successful the Farther from the Vasectomy

Truth: Success rates are higher when the reversal is done within 5 to 10 years from the vasectomy. Don’t discount a reversal if your vasectomy is more than 10 years old. Newer techniques make it possible for surgeons to reverse a vasectomy even after 10 years.

Misconception: You shouldn’t try to conceive right after a vasectomy reversal.

Truth: We ask 3 weeks with no ejaculation following the reversal. Many men believe that there will be “old” sperm in the testicles that needs to be ejaculated after a reversal. Actually, the body constantly makes new sperm. A vasectomy simply cuts off the pathway between the sperm and the semen. The sperm in the testicles just gets absorbed into your body, making room for new sperm.

Get the Facts on Vasectomy Reversal

Instead of wondering if you are a good candidate for a vasectomy reversal, make an appointment with an experienced doctor who can assess your health and the potential for a successful surgery. You can learn more about the procedure to determine the next best steps for your situation. We have offices in Ottawa, Montreal, and Hawkesbury for your convenience. Dr. Bercier offers an initial (its free in Hawkesbury and Ottawa, but 200$ in Montreal) consultation to answer questions and provide more details. Use our online form to contact one of our clinics and book an appointment.