How do you know whether a vasectomy has failed?

My husband had a vasectomy 15 years ago before I ever met him. Since then, he found out the doctor who did his surgery was sued for malpractice due to a 95% failure rate. Is there a way to find out, without a sperm test, if his vasectomy has failed too?

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Answered by John C. McHugh, MD

The best way to determine whether a vasectomy has failed is to have a semen analysis. To limit the cost, you can ask the technician to only do a post-vasectomy semen analysis that checks solely for the presence or absence of sperm. You also can buy a kit from spermcheck.com. If the test is negative, it would be suitable evidence.

Published on Jan 26, 2019

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

The best way to determine whether a vasectomy has failed is to have a semen analysis. To limit the cost, you can ask the technician to only do a post-vasectomy semen analysis that checks solely for the presence or absence of sperm. You also can buy a kit from spermcheck.com. If the test is negative, it would be suitable evidence.

Published on Jan 26, 2019


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