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Having a Baby after Vasectomy

Vasectomy is safe and long-lasting contraception, but sometimes life circumstances change and you may want to have another child. ICSI offers a way of using your sperm in an IVF cycle, without to the need for surgical reversal ofvasectomy.

ICSI after a vasectomy

Jess is 35 and John is 38. They each have a child from previous relationships, and John had a vasectomy before he met Jess. They now want to have a child together. Their friends recommended talking to a fertility specialist at Melbourne IVF, as they had had successful treatment there the previous year. So Jess and John make an appointment with a Melbourne IVF Fertility Specialist, for assessment of male reproductive options. She recommends that John undergoes a sperm retrieval procedure and the couple then undergo an IVF cycle using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Fertility treatment considerations

John could have his vasectomy reversed, but the chances of pregnancy following a reversal depend on many circumstances, including how long ago the vasectomy was performed.

As Jess and John have had no problems conceiving before, their specialist says that IVF/ICSI will give them between a 25 and 50% chance of falling pregnant within a three-month period using both their fresh and frozen embryos.

ICSI is one of the most common techniques used in assisted reproductive technology (ART), and involves the direct injection of a single sperm into each egg using very fine micromanipulation equipment.

Their specialist carries out the testicular biopsy procedure in Melbourne IVF’s Day Hospital, located adjacent to the Melbourne IVF clinic. Jess undergoes her first IVF cycle, and they have three embryos created using ICSI. One is transferred and two are frozen. Two weeks after the transfer Jess has a blood test, but she is not pregnant. One of her frozen embryos is then implanted two months later, and this time they are successful.

Typical costs for IVF using ICSI

Using ICSI technology for IVF treatment typically costs $4,787 (out of pocket) for one treatment with private health insurance and $5,048 (out of pocket) without. The out of pocket costs are based on the assumption that the private health insurance covers egg collection and embryo transfer procedures.

This includes pre-treatment appointments and tests, medicine and the treatment itself, including day hospital visits. Anaesthetist fees may be covered by both Medicare and private health cover, but Day Hospital bed fees may only be covered by private health cover.

Your costs will vary, depending on your treatment plan, your Medicare safety net and your health insurance fund. If you would like to find out more, talk with our Community Liaison Administrator by calling 1800 111 483.

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