Alternatives To Vasectomy Reversal
I think it’s fitting that, for our first article, we look at the alternatives to going through the vasectomy reversal procedure. When you think about, there were many reasons you chose to get the operation in the first place. Also, for some of us, you may have already tried to have a reversal and still aren’t able to have children. So here are a few good vasectomy reversal alternatives to consider.
Vasectomy Reversal Alternatives
- Sperm Banking. Of course, this is an option best considered in advance. Once you’ve already had a vasectomy, it’s too late.
- Therapeutic Donor Insemination. Having an outside person donate sperm to help father your children. For many men, this isn’t really an option as you probably want to have a child born with your own sperm. Understandable.
- Sperm Retrieval and In Vitro Fertilization. This is perhaps the most logical alternative. Invitro fertilization (IVF), while still a relatively new procedure, offers an 18% chance of pregnancy per cycle. While the overall costs associated with IVF are higher, as it often takes multiple cycles to produce a pregnancy, when done you’ll still be infertile and won’t have to go through another vascectomy.
Vasectomy Reversal verses IVF
We’ll spend the most time on Invitro Fertilization, as I think it’s the most practical if you’re looking for a real alternative to getting a vasectomy reversal. In a nutshell, it’ll probably cost $20-30,000 for most couples although this can vary depending on the number of attempts. Compare this with around $10,000 for a vasectomy reversal, with around a 20% chance that a reversal won’t work anyways – especially if it’s been a number of years since the procedure was performed.
Your doctor will retreive sperm, through possibly various ways, and through artificial insemination into your spouse plant a fertilized egg(s). Essentially, the sperm will be harvested right from your testes and used as if you had saved it in a sperm bank.
Pros and Cons For Both Sides
Every situation is unique, therefore there is no generic “best” solution to offer. There are pros and cons for either option. If the woman’s tubes have blockage or if she’s nearing the end of her reproductive years, IVF may be a better choice. If, however, the woman is completely able to have children and you may be wanting more than one child – then definitely try for a reversal first. It’ll provide more opportunities for fertilization and cost less money over the long term. Consult with your doctor first, as only they know what’s best for you and your families situation.