Increasing Sperm Count After a Vasectomy Reversal
We get many questions from patients about things they can do to increase sperm count following a vasectomy reversal. At the Vasectomy Reversal Center of America, we tell patients that it typically takes six to 12 months to achieve optimal sperm production post-surgery. Why so long, many patients ask? A typical sperm cycle is 90 days, which is the time it takes your body to produce new sperm and ejaculate the old sperm. Six weeks after surgery is when we perform the first postoperative semen analysis. At this point, sperm motility is usually still low because the man's body is still getting rid of the older, dead sperm in the ejaculate. While it usually takes a man about two sperm cycles to achieve good sperm quality in the ejaculate, some men do have high counts and good motility three to four months post reversal.
What's A Leading Factor in Increasing Sperm Count Post Reversal?
One of the leading factors to achieving quality sperm counts following a vasectomy reversal is to have a superior repair. Only a specially trained microsurgeon who is experienced in the most advanced microsurgical vasectomy reversal techniques, which includes the utilization of a powerful microscope for optimal visualization of the surgical site, can truly provide the best outcomes and ultimately, return to optimal sperm production.
Following are several additional steps you can take to help increase sperm count following a vasectomy reversal:
1. Take it easy. Take your recovery seriously and take it easy for a couple of weeks post-surgery. Minimize lifting, straining, pulling and stretching movements. Simply getting in and out of the car can cause strain. Follow the post-op instructions diligently for optimal recovery.
2. Ease back into sexual activity. Wait three to four weeks to resume sex. The good news - after the three week waiting period, frequent ejaculation keeps the sperm flowing and the tubes open.
3. Eat a well-balanced diet rich in vegetable and fruits. Vitamin supplements and antioxidants may also help, but have not been clinically proven to increase sperm production.
4. Reduce inflammation. If there is some scarring at the surgical site, which we can determine during your post-op check-up, we may recommend the use of anti-inflammatories.
5. Avoid hot tubs as the extremely high water temperatures can kill healthy sperm.
6. Avoid excessive use of alcohol, which impairs sperm production.
7. Stop smoking. Smokers are at high risk for slow wound healing.
8. Follow-up. Make sure to schedule regular follow-up appointments with your physician following surgery.
It takes time to return to normal, quality sperm production. While there's no one absolute way to increase sperm count after a vasectomy reversal, taking care of yourself and minimizing stress and strain during your vasectomy reversal recovery can certainly help. Feel free to leave your comments and/or questions below - the physicians at VRCA are here to help you achieve your ultimate goal - conceiving a baby naturally.