Is Vasectomy the New Condom?

Ok, so I pulled the trigger and officially called a vasectomy the “new condom” in the press. Sounds crazy, eh? Of course, a vasectomy doesn’t protect you from sexually transmitted diseases like a condom. But, when it comes to fertility, vasectomies are more reversible than previously thought. Reversal Research Results Here’s the simple reason why […]

Pregnancy after a Vasectomy

If you’ve had a vasectomy, you might not consider your chances of having a baby to be particularly high. However, thanks to huge advances in fertility treatment–namely PESA, TESE and ICSI–the route to fatherhood is much more achievable than it was during the mid-1990’s. A vasectomy is a permanent form of contraception for men which […]

Pregnancy after a Vasectomy

If you’ve had a vasectomy, you might not consider your chances of having a baby to be particularly high. However, thanks to huge advances in fertility treatment–namely PESA, TESE and ICSI–the route to fatherhood is much more achievable than it was during the mid-1990’s.

A vasectomy is a permanent form of contraception for men which prevents the chance of pregnancy. It involves disconnecting the tube that carries sperms from the testicles to the penis, meaning that no sperm is present when you ejaculate.

You can have a vasectomy reversal to restore your fertility and allow you to conceive, however, the procedure is not always successful and your chances of conception after a vasectomy reversal depend on a number of factors, such as the time since your vasectomy and the type of vasectomy you had. However, many men do not realize that there are alternatives available which allow you to conceive without undergoing a reversal operation.
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Sperm Stories,Part III

In Part I and Part II of Sperm Stories, we talked about some of the factors that can affect sperm quality and quantity. In Part III, we’ll go beyond testing sperm and talk about some interesting stories—good and bad—that have to do with using sperm in the manner nature intended: to create babies. New trends [...]

A Dozen Funny Reasons For Vasectomy

As a vasectomist, I realize that a vasectomy, that iconic way to stop family building in its tracks, is not simply a 10-minute procedure. In a man’s life, it is a significant cultural event. I dare you to describe a more personal, scary and misunderstood part of a man’s body with which to meddle. And, [...]

The Unkindest Cut

Dear Mr. Dad: I’m a 37-year-old mother of two, ages 18 and 5. I really want another baby, but my husband had a vasectomy immediately after our second child was born. At the time, I was exhausted and fighting post-partum depression, so when he came in an announced that he was getting the surgery I agreed. But now, when I tell him he can get it reversed and that we could start trying for another baby, he just says, “oh” and leaves the room. What can I do to change his mind?

A: Unfortunately, there’s no quick solution to your problem. It sounds like your husband really has no interest in having a third child and it’s entirely possible that you won’t ever be able to change his mind. Either way, though, this is too big an issue to ignore. The two of you need to have some long, serious discussions in which you both listen carefully and respectfully to each other.

I’m sure each of you has a perfectly sound reason for wanting (or not wanting) another child and neither of you is any more “right” than the other. Keep in mind that this is a topic that involves a lot of emotion and passion so if you aren’t able to work through things on your own, don’t be afraid to schedule a few sessions with a family therapist who, at the very least, should be able to act as a referee and facilitate a more productive discussion.

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