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Can a Vasectomy Lower Testosterone Levels?

A vasectomy is an effective, permanent method of birth control for men. Due to its simplicity, safety and effectiveness, vasectomy has remained among the most popular forms of contraception. In addition, vasectomies have a low risk of side effects and complications. This can explain why each year more than half a million men in the U.S. opt to undergo this procedure.

With such popularity, vasectomy procedures have grown to have some common myths and misconceptions circulate around them; one being that a vasectomy may decrease a man’s testosterone levels. When I talk to patients about a vasectomy, I typically have to dispel several popular myths like this one and provide the true answers. … MORE

Should I freeze sperm before a vasectomy?

Should I Freeze Sperm Before a Vasectomy?

Vasectomy is an increasingly common choice for men and their partners who feel that they have completed their families. In fact, more than 50 million men worldwide have had a vasectomy. While many men think long and hard about getting a vasectomy, sometimes life can throw a curveball and change our plans.

In fact, up to 3-6% of men will ultimately decide that they would like to reverse their vasectomy. For these men, the decision may stem from a new relationship, the loss of a child, or simply a change of heart. That’s why it’s always a good idea to have a back-up plan. Read on to discover why freezing your sperm might make sense before getting your vasectomy. … MORE

What are the predictors of success before vasectomy reversal surgery?

What Are the Predictors of Success Before Vasectomy Reversal Surgery?

Aside from determining if a vasectomy reversal procedure is right for you and your partner, you may also be wondering about the likelihood of success based on your individual circumstances. In general, vasectomy reversal success has two measures: if sperm has returned to semen and if pregnancy is able to be achieved. But even before vasectomy reversal recovery, there are several factors that can strongly influence vasectomy reversal success. … MORE

How long does it take for a vasectomy to work? Dr. Harry Fisch, NY

How Long Does It Take for a Vasectomy to Work?

A vasectomy is a permanent and effective surgical procedure. This is often the final step in taking charge of your fertility when you have decided your family is complete. And while the vasectomy itself is quick, it can take some time for it to be considered successful. Here’s what you need to know about your procedure. … MORE

Sex after a vasectomy reversal - what can change?

Sex After a Vasectomy Reversal: What Can Change?

While only three to six percent of men who get a vasectomy every year decide to reverse it, that life-changing decision presents some unique health-related questions. One of the most common questions that I receive from men considering a vasectomy reversal is regarding whether or not sex is different after the procedure. I’m happy to share with them that most men experience little to no change in sexual performance after a vasectomy reversal. However, that does not necessarily mean they won’t notice a difference altogether.


Can we have multiple children after a vasectomy reversal?

Can We Have Multiple Children After a Vasectomy Reversal?

First things first: in most cases, a vasectomy can be reversed through a vasectomy reversal. Of course, the success depends on a variety of factors, such as age, years since the vasectomy surgery, etc. But new advances in microsurgical techniques, instruments and suture materials have made vasectomy reversal procedures highly successful. In fact, 9 out of 10 men will have the sperm counts necessary to conceive a child within 24 months of the procedure. However, pregnancy can be complicated and, whether the procedure works or not, pregnancy rates can vary widely — from 30 to 70%.


Lifecycle of sperm

Things You Didn’t Know About the Lifecycle of Sperm

If you or your partner are preparing to have a child, or already have begun this process, it is important to understand the male reproductive system, specifically the lifecycle of the sperm. The male sperm goes through a unique cycle which can be summarized in four stages: production, maturation, ejaculation and fertilization. An adequate understanding of this process can help you increase your chances of pregnancy. … MORE

Dr. Fisch explains traditional vs. no scapel vasectomy

What’s the Difference Between a Traditional vs. No-Scalpel Vasectomy?

Each year, approximately 600,000 men in the U.S. undergo a vasectomy. Vasectomy is widely considered by doctors to be the safest and most convenient form of surgical sterilization. There are two types of vasectomy procedure methods for men, a traditional vasectomy and a no-scalpel vasectomy. When talking with my patients and walking them through the two methods, it becomes clear that one method has more desirable benefits over the other.


Learn what to expect during your vasectomy reversal consultation

What to Expect During Your Vasectomy Reversal Consultation

If you’re seriously considering a vasectomy reversal, then your next step is to schedule a vasectomy reversal consultation with a surgeon. During this thirty-minute consultation, your vasectomy reversal surgeon will first determine if you’re a good candidate for the procedure. This will also be an opportunity for you to voice any concerns or questions that will help decide if a vasectomy reversal is right for you. Continue reading to learn what to expect during a vasectomy reversal consultation.


How to Determine the Success of a Vasectomy Reversal

If you’re considering a vasectomy reversal, you know first-hand that life events happen that can cause you to reconsider your previous decision to undergo a vasectomy.   The good news is that in most cases, the irreversible is in fact, reversible. And given the relatively new advances in microsurgical techniques, instruments and suture materials, reverse vasectomy success rates are significantly higher than what you may think. … MORE