Posted: Thu Feb 19, 2009 4:17 pm
Cinders do not despair! Easy to say I know but there is still hope, look at the vasectomy reversal post and you will see. I know doctors say that after 1 year they class you as infertile but there are people who still get pregnant well after this time.
I did quite a bit of research last week about the whole vasectomy reversal subject and I found some useful info. See these links: -
Most men facing a semen analysis fear the diagnosis of azoospermia. However, that diagnosis does not necessarily mean that the man produces no sperm or can never be made to produce any sperm and thus will never have a biological child. Accurate diagnosis of azoospermia is complicated. Correctible causes must be found and treated. Even then if there are no sperm in the ejaculate, sperm can often be harvested and used to achieve fertilization.
Semen parameters can continue to improve for 12 months after a vasectomy reversal. One should not be discouraged by the initial results of a semen analysis after only 3 months. Inflammation can persist for several months after a vasectomy reversal masking the true success of the operation. Anti-inflammatories are very useful in the initial weeks/months after a vasectomy reversal to minimize swelling and restore semen parameters to optimal levels. If the swelling is left untreated in can develop into scarring that is permanent and only correctable with surgery.
What happens if my vasectomy reversal is not successful?
You will not know whether you are producing sperm when you ejaculate until your doctor has checked a sample of semen. This is usually done around three months after surgery.
It can take up to 12 months for sperm to re-appear, so if the test shows no sperm at three months your doctor will suggest a repeat test at six months and every couple of months thereafter. If sperm haven't reappeared by 12 months your doctor may suggest you have a repeat vasectomy reversal, but it's less likely to be successful than a first reversal attempt. Alternatively your doctor may suggest you and your partner consider having IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatment using ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection).
ICSI is a treatment option for men when vasectomy reversal has failed. In this treatment, sperm is removed directly from your testicle and injected into the egg. If you are considering fathering a child using ICSI your partner will need IVF treatment. The egg is collected from her ovary, fertilised, and the resulting embryo is placed in the womb approximately 48 hours later.
If you are thinking of having IVF treatment, it is vital that you understand exactly the treatment choices, what they involve and your chances of success.
• Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)
• Infertility Network UK
Spend some time researching but don't get disheartened. You have to do everything you can, get some fertility boosting tablets, get your man to take zinc, if you can afford it then get some sperm taken directly out of the testicles and freeze it for IVF, if you can't afford it then I am sure some places do payments over time.
None of us can give up hope )
hugs x x
p.s. can I attach a document on here does anyone know how to do it??