Comparison Of Vasectomy Reversal and IVF
|Cost||Vasectomy ReversalVasectomy Reversal is about one-half the cost of a single cycle of IVF. It is typically a single procedure (Vasovasostomy or vasoepididymostomy), performed in our Surgery Center on an outpatient basis.||In Vitro FertilizationIn Vitro Fertilization requires multiple procedures, and is much more expensive. A study published several years ago showed that total costs were three times as expensive to deliver a child conceived with IVF versus a vasectomy reversal.|
|Method of Conception||Vasectomy Reversal Conception proceeds naturally after a vasectomy reversal, which for most couples is very desirable, cost-effective and fun!||For IVF, egg and sperm are harvested, and conception occurs in the laboratory.|
|Procedures||Vasectomy Reversal is a single surgery for the man, which can be performed in 1.5 to 2 hours under a general anesthetic. Healing is rapid, and normal sexual activity thereafter can lead to pregnancy.||In Vitro Fertilization is a multi-step procedure. After two weeks of hormone injections, eggs are harvested from the woman’s ovaries under a local anesthetic. Sperm are harvested separately, in an in-office procedure if the man has been vasectomized. The egg and sperm are combined in a laboratory, and the resulting embryos are implanted into the woman’s uterus. Most couples will have to go through more than one IVF cycle to deliver a baby.|
|Pregnancy||Vasectomy Reversal. It may take a fair amount of time to conceive after a reversal. The mean time to pregnancy is about 12 months following a reversal, but this is distributed on a bell shaped curve (Gaussian) so some people will get pregnant sooner and others later than 12 months.||In Vitro Fertilization offers the quickest way to get pregnant in a given month. It may be necessary if there is a female infertility factor as well as a vasectomy.|
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