Had a traditional vasectomy 12yrs ago and got worried about recanalization. I've had two negative at-home sperm tests. Am I still sterile?

Had a traditional vasectomy 12yrs ago and got worried about recanalization. I've had two negative at-home sperm tests. Is it safe to say I'm still sterile?

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Answered by John C. McHugh, MD

The home test kits are reliable; however, there is a degree to which a patient and the doctor "want to be sure". For this, a lab-tested semen analysis will be done. The urologist who did your vasectomy will oftentimes perform a "post-vasectomy" semen analysis for free. Having said that, if you are comfortable with any disclaimers that came with your kit, you may not feel that additional confirmation is necessary.

Published on Nov 29, 2018

Answered by John C. McHugh, MD (View Profile)

The home test kits are reliable; however, there is a degree to which a patient and the doctor "want to be sure". For this, a lab-tested semen analysis will be done. The urologist who did your vasectomy will oftentimes perform a "post-vasectomy" semen analysis for free. Having said that, if you are comfortable with any disclaimers that came with your kit, you may not feel that additional confirmation is necessary.

Published on Nov 29, 2018


Answered by Naresh Parajuli, MBBS, FRACGP

Two negative sperm tests and vasectomy done 12 years back (more or less) confirms that your vasectomy was successful and you are sterile now. However, for peace of mind, if you do a laboratory test instead of at home test, that will confirm that you are sterile.

Published on Nov 14, 2018

Answered by Naresh Parajuli, MBBS, FRACGP (View Profile)

Two negative sperm tests and vasectomy done 12 years back (more or less) confirms that your vasectomy was successful and you are sterile now. However, for peace of mind, if you do a laboratory test instead of at home test, that will confirm that you are sterile.

Published on Nov 14, 2018


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