If I had a vasectomy roughly 25 years ago, is there a need to do the procedure a second time?

I'm 78 years old but still have a strong sex drive. Twenty-five years ago I had a vasectomy. Is there a need to do the procedure a second time?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (2)


Answered by Steven K. Sterzer, MD

A second vasectomy would be necessary only if the first one fails. The likelihood of that happening 25 years later would be extremely rare.

Published on May 18, 2016

Answered by Steven K. Sterzer, MD (View Profile)

A second vasectomy would be necessary only if the first one fails. The likelihood of that happening 25 years later would be extremely rare.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Answered by Michael A. Werner, MD, FACS

Once a man has had a successful vasectomy, this should be good for a lifetime. There is a very, very low recurrence rate of sperm, which is less than 1 in 1000. Thus, there is no reason to consider an additional vasectomy, unless an unintentional pregnancy is achieved. There would also not be any indication for checking to see if there is sperm in the ejaculate even 25 years out from a vasectomy again, unless an unintended pregnancy is achieved.

Published on May 18, 2016

Answered by Michael A. Werner, MD, FACS (View Profile)

Once a man has had a successful vasectomy, this should be good for a lifetime. There is a very, very low recurrence rate of sperm, which is less than 1 in 1000. Thus, there is no reason to consider an additional vasectomy, unless an unintentional pregnancy is achieved. There would also not be any indication for checking to see if there is sperm in the ejaculate even 25 years out from a vasectomy again, unless an unintended pregnancy is achieved.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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