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#1 of 4 Old 02-13-2005, 05:36 AM - Thread Starter
 
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OK, this will probably sound weird...

But I hear the failure rate for a vasectomy is under .01%. Sounds safe enough...but my dh used to be a sperm donor and was told he has 10X the amount of sperm that a normal man has. So if there are many more sperm, could that possibly raise the failure rate a little?

(He just got it done last month and we're waiting for the results of the follow-up...)
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I wouldn't think so- if it's cut properly, it's cut. (Dfeinitely wait for the follow-up though!)
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Is the failure rate from sperm sneaking through somewhere or because of the chance of tube re-growth. If it's the former, he would be at higher risk, if it's the latter, he's at no more risk than anyone else.

That's going to be different, getting those results - before he was millions and millions waiting to serve and then wanting the number to be zero.

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About one in every 500-1,000 vasectomies fail and the man may stay fertile or become fertile again. This can happen if the tubes are not fully blocked off, if they grow back together or if a third vas deferens exists. Normally this is picked up when the sperm count is done two months after the operation, but it can occur at any time, even years after the vasectomy.

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