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While no doctor will ever encourage one to get a vasectomy with the idea of reversing it in the future, it can be done. Many couples today find that they truly believe they are done having children, or a man might think he never wants children, or he might have gotten the procedure done in his first marriage and remarried. No matter what the reason, you can be successful at getting pregnant after a vasectomy. In fact, many men go on to father many children after a vasectomy reversal.
There is no guarantee that the surgery will be a success or not, but it does not hurt to try. There are many specialists who are in this specific field and can perform the surgery successfully. While you might have to contact an urologist first, most often a micro-surgeon will do the actual procedure.
What to Expect During and Right after your Reversal
During the actual procedure the tubes that carry sperm from the testicles to the penis will be reconnected. In order to give you the best chance at conceiving after the procedure, you will be required to do an examination prior. Some doctors want to see if you are even capable of producing sperm at all. If you or your partner have had children before, then that is usually good enough. If there have been no children at all, then a doctor may decide to remove a sample from the testicles to see if the surgery will be worth it.
The surgery will take place in the out-patient part of your hospital. You should be prepared to have someone drive you home and also bring an athletic cup for support. There will be no reason to have to stay the night. You will have some pain and discomfort, but pain reliever and ice will help to stop that. There is only a very small incision made on the underside of the scrotum, so often you will not even have to be asleep for the procedure.
After you or your partner is done with the surgery, he will be bandaged up and need to wear an athletic cup to put pressure on the site and reduce swelling. Make sure to use ice packs to the area to help keep swelling at bay and reduce pain. It will take up to 10 days to stop feeling tender in your nether regions. Make to follow all the directions given to you by your doctor. He will not want you to bathe for a few days, no sports, no heavy lifting, and certainly no sex until cleared.
Getting Pregnant Once Cleared
The best way to know if the reversal was successful is to get pregnant. Most doctors will have you come in for at least one semen analysis to see if you have any sperm upon ejaculation. If you do they will tell you to time sex and see what happens.
The best thing you can do is to begin to use an ovulation predictor method, such as Ovatel to know exactly when your most fertile period is. This will allow you to time intercourse perfectly to optimize conception. Be sure to chart your cycles as well. This will tell you if your body is doing what it should when it should. Many women find that basal body temping can help, as it will confirm ovulation after it has occurred.