How Likely Is It to Get Pregnant after Vasectomy?

How Likely Is It to Get Pregnant after Vasectomy?

Permanent Birth Control: Or Is It?

Many couples choose vasectomy as a form of permanent birth control. It’s much less invasive for a man to have a vasectomy than it is for a woman to have her tubes tied, not to mention that it costs much less as well. It allows for men to have a permanent form of birth control when they are in a monogamous relationship (vasectomies do not protect against STD’s), and many couples choose the procedure for the peace of mind that it offers. But, just how likely is it to get pregnant after your partner has a vasectomy? Let’s find out. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

What happens during a vasectomy?

A vasectomy is an uncomfortable procedure, no doubt about it. In a vasectomy procedure, the vas deferens of each testicle is cut, sealed or clamped. This means that the sperm will no longer be able to mix with the semen when the man ejaculates. If the sperm does not mix with the semen, the egg can not be fertilized and a pregnancy can not occur. The man will continue to produce sperm, but the sperm will be reabsorbed by the man’s body. A vasectomy is an in patient procedure. It only takes around 30 minutes and can be performed in any doctor’s office or clinic.

Can you still get pregnant?

An important thing to remember about vasectomies is that it takes a few months for all of the sperm to get out of the man’s system, either through ejaculation or through absorption. If a couple has unprotected sex during that time frame, it is quite likely that the woman can still get pregnant. You MUST use an alternative form of birth control until the sperm is all out of the system. There will be follow up tests with your family doctor to make sure that your sperm count has reached zero.

The odds are against pregnancy

Vasectomy is meant to be a permanent birth control procedure. It is not meant to be something to try if you are not absolutely sure that you do not want to father children. In some cases, a vasectomy may be reversed, but the success rate for reversal is very low, and the procedure is painful. However, studies have shown that as many as 1 in 100 vasectomies could possibly fail. Most of these pregnancies are caused when a man has unprotected sex before his sperm count reaches zero. There have also been some very rare cases in which it is reported that the vas deferens was not “cut” or “burned” all the way, and they reconnected and a pregnancy occurred. Most of the time, however, vasectomies are very successful, and pregnancies do not occur. The success rate for vasectomies is comparable to the success rate of tubal ligation. Both are usually very successful as long as doctor’s orders are followed. So if you’re unsure if you want to have more children in the future, you may wish for a better birth control option as it is nearly impossible to increase male fertility after vasectomy.

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Alyssia Granger
Alyssia Granger | ConceiveEasy
Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.