Written by Catherine Rein (last updated November 15, 2011)
I have a good friend who recently remarried. His new wife is in her late twenties and has never had children. My friend had two children with his first wife before having a vasectomy two years ago. The couple is now thinking of trying for more children and researching the possibility of having his vasectomy reversed.
If you one of the 30,000 to 40,000 men each year who are considering reversing a vasectomy, the news is good. Microsurgery has advanced to the point where most vasectomies are reversible and the chances of success are much higher than IVF. Here are three steps to think about before making a final decision:
Studies have shown that reversing a vasectomy is much more successful and significantly less expensive than IVF. A March 2002 study showed that when the woman in the couple was over the age of 40, a vasectomy reversal was significantly more successful at establishing a pregnancy than IVF.
If you decided that a vasectomy reversal might be a good option for you, be sure to complete genetic counseling if over the age of 40.
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