There are those that will think that the process of vasectomy reversal is pointless, because the body produces anti-sperm antibodies which render the entire process a waste of money. Of course, we at Your Vasectomy Reversal Clinic look at all the baby pictures sent to us after successful reversals and ask “Are you sure about that?”
Now, it is true that the body will produce antibodies against its own sperm if it has sustained sufficient testicular trauma. Basically, if sperm is leaking into the body because of testicular torsion, infection or even a severe enough strike to the testicles, the body will create antibodies. A vasectomy can be considered in this same realm of “trauma” as there can sometimes be leakage from the cut vas deferens. What is also true is that studies have shown that 70% of men who have had a vasectomy develop such antibodies.
Indeed, if there are anti-sperm antibodies in the semen, scientific literature tells us this may prevent pregnancy from occurring. However, our experience is that we have had couples tell us that they are pregnant when their 3 month post-op semen analysis showed high levels of agglutination such as 80% or 100% due to the presence of sperm antibodies. In one case, the semen analysis was conducted after the pregnancy was confirmed and the antibodies were found to be causing 100% agglutination.
Whilst the antibody mechanism may not be entirely clear, at our clinic we have real evidence to say that the presence of antibodies does not necessarily mean that pregnancy won’t happen.
Mr. Harriss is a highly skilled microsurgical vasectomy reversal surgeon, performing between 60-70 reversals each month. He has had patients from all over the UK, the USA, Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and has never not been able to perform a vasectomy reversal due to the method of the original vasectomy.
When you consider Mr. Harniss’s results of regained fertility for over 92% of his patients, you can see why we consider the whole “antibodies” thing as a bit of a myth.
If you are ready to take this step, or have more questions about vasectomy reversal, please do not hesitate to contact us.