What are the chances of getting my partner pregnant after a vasectomy reversal?

I had a vasectomy almost 10 years ago. I've recently remarried and would like to start a family with my new wife. What are the chances of getting her pregnant after a vasectomy reversal? Is there a chance the procedure won't be successful?

Answers from doctors (3)


Jeanette M. Potts, MD

Published on Jul 04, 2016

Success of vasectomy reversal, i.e. term pregnancy conceived within one year of reversal, depends on the amount of time between vasectomy and reversal....and the age of your new partner. Based on 10-year interval, success at one year can be around 44 percent. Again, timing, follow up beyond one year and maternal age will all contribute to this estimate.

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Answered by Jeanette M. Potts, MD

Success of vasectomy reversal, i.e. term pregnancy conceived within one year of reversal, depends on the amount of time between vasectomy and reversal....and the age of your new partner. Based on 10-year interval, success at one year can be around 44 percent. Again, timing, follow up beyond one year and maternal age will all contribute to this estimate.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Ranjith Ramasamy M.D.

Published on Mar 09, 2016

The chances of getting your partner pregnant are 60-70%, and chances of a successful vasectomy reversal are 90-95%.

Answered by Ranjith Ramasamy M.D. (View Profile)

The chances of getting your partner pregnant are 60-70%, and chances of a successful vasectomy reversal are 90-95%.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Marc Goldstein, MD, FACS

Published on Mar 24, 2015

Female partner age and the experience of the reversal surgeon are the most important factors. Also of importance is whether you are of proven fertility; meaning, whether you had children or pregnancies prior to the vasectomy. In the hands of experienced microsurgeons, return of sperm rates are over 90% and naturally conceived pregnancy rates are 50-60% depending on female age.

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Answered by Marc Goldstein, MD, FACS

Female partner age and the experience of the reversal surgeon are the most important factors. Also of importance is whether you are of proven fertility; meaning, whether you had children or pregnancies prior to the vasectomy. In the hands of experienced microsurgeons, return of sperm rates are over 90% and naturally conceived pregnancy rates are 50-60% depending on female age.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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