Posted by: Granny in the wings!! | 2009/08/10

My daughter.....

Is 33 years old and never had children. From a gynae perspective she is normal and functioning as she should. She is thinking of settling down with her partner of 52 who had a vasectomy about 8 years ago. They would like to have children and he is prepared to have a reversal and what ever else it takes to become fertile again. As a professional in the medical field - what I hear read and research it seems the chances are pretty remote. Your opinion please. He is very healthy, active, fit, non smoker , non drinker and leads a holistic lifestyle.

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Dear Granny in the wings!!

There are basically two options in your daughter and her husband trying to achieve a pregnancy. The first one is a reversal of vasectomy. This procedure is highly dependent on the length of time the vasectomy had been done, the presence of anti-sperm antibodies, and the recanalisation of the tubes and the skill of the urologist performing the procedure. These procedures do not always have a very good chance of successful reversal, but may but worthwhile trying it. Their best option would really be In-vitro fertilization a procedure called ICSI. Sperms are obtained directly from a testis biopsy. Her chances of achieving a pregnancy would be in the region of around 40% per cycle.

Answered by: Dr Y.M. Dasoo

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