Vasectomy reversal or IVF: Analysis of factors for success

Christopher M. Deibert, Jay I. Sandlow

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


A subset of men will seek additional fertility options following vasectomy. The two options for a biological child include vasectomy reversal or sperm retrieval with in vitro fertilization (SR/IVF). Vasectomy reversal is technically feasible for many men with post-vasectomy obstruction. In general, reversal provides couples with the most cost-effective option. SR/IVF is an attractive option for some couples, and it should be discussed with all men as an alternative to vasectomy reversal. The provider must be proficient at assessing and helping assimilate a large amount of information about the man, his partner, their preferences, and their financial options. In the end, counseling should guide a couple toward the treatment most likely to result in fertility, while incorporating the personal desires of each specific couple.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiennial Review of Infertility
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783319178493
ISBN (Print)9783319178486
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cost-effectiveness
  • In vitro fertilization
  • Vasectomy reversal
  • Vasovasostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Health Professions
  • General Medicine


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