In this age when relationships are changing, it is sometimes possible to find yourself in a situation where you want to try for a child but your partner has already has a vasectomy.
Depending on how optimistic you are, you will regard the success rate of a vasectomy reversal as either a 40 per cent potential for success or a 60 per cent probability of failure.
In rare cases, those men who have had a vasectomy become fertile again if their tubes rejoin naturally. But this is quite rare and believed to occur once in every 2000 vasectomies.
A vasectomy does not prevent a man from having full sexual intercourse but it prevents the sperm from travelling from his testicles to his penis. Those who choose to have the operation are encouraged to think carefully about the long-term implications with their partner and to presume that the operation is irreversible.
However, it is possible to try for a reversal operation. This is more complicated that the initial operation, can be expensive and the majority of attempts are not successful.
Some clinics suggest higher chances of success in reversal (called a vaso-vasostomy). Micro surgery is possible if it becomes necessary to bypass areas of the linked tubes where healed tissue after the original operation has caused swelling or scars to form.
A man is most like to have a successful reversal if it is attempted in the first three years after the original vasectomy. If the chances of a reversal look slim, it may be possible for a couple to conceive through a surgical sperm collection and implantation.
For more information try checking out the Vasectomy.com website.