My husband was strongarmed into a vasectomy by his first wife about 10 years ago. He and I both want more kids, and have looked into reversal, but it seems like such a drastic thing for just ONE more kid. I am trying to find out (without having to go to doctors) if its possible to do an artificial insem. in spite of his surgery?
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My husband had a vasectomy and now we want another baby. He is willing for me to have artificial insimination done. What will be the cheapest way for me to get pregnant?
Dear April Your husband needs to see a urologist first to see if he is even a candidate to have the procedure reversed. Artificial insemination will obviously not work since he has a vasectomy done.
George Kmetz, MD
My husband had a vasectomy about 8 years ago during his first marriage. He has two children and I have none. We will be going through invitro-fertilization in October using my egg and his sperm. At the same time they are harvesting my eggs, the dr will perform a sperm harvesting from my husband. Fertilization takes place in the lab and a few days later they will implant a fertilized egg in me. Given we have no other infertility issues...they've told us our success rate is about 80% for one cycle. The procedure is costly...about $10,000. But totally worth it to be able to have a child that is ours.
Ask your regular OB to refer you to a specialist in your area.
ICSI is a breakthrough in helping male infertility because it bypasses the need for the sperm to swim through the woman's reproductive tract and for the sperm to penetrate the egg. The woman is first given fertility drugs to stimulate the maturation of numerous eggs. Then at the appropriate time the eggs are collected using the process discussed before. The man provides sperm simply by giving a sample. The highest quality sperm are then chosen. A lab technician isolates these sperm and then injects a single sperm into the cytoplasm of the egg while holding the egg with a glass pipette essentially causing fertilization. This is all done under a microscope. After two days the doctor transplants 2-4 embryos into the woman's uterus through her cervix as in IVF. Hopefully, one of the transplanted embryos will implant itself into the uterus wall.
One of the main hindrances of ICSI is that it is difficult to deliver sperm to the egg without damaging the egg itself. Additionally, because ICSI bypasses the long process of the sperm struggling to get to the egg, weaker sperm, which before were not able to get to the egg, are now able to fertilize the egg. Because this technology is so new, it is still unknown if there are long-term health and development problems linked with using whatever sperm are available. It is also beneficial for men who are missing their vas deferens or who are unable to reverse a vasectomy.