The clips used during my vasectomy came off. What are the chances my tubes rejoined? Is it possible to get someone pregnant?

I had a clip come off and exit my ejaculate a few years ago. Despite a negative sperm check, I worry that the ends have rejoined. What are the chances of getting someone pregnant? I should add that I had blood in my semen at one point.

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Answered by John C. McHugh, MD

It is unusual for one to ejaculate a clip, however, all physicians have seen clips "migrate." This is common in other areas of the body where clips are used. No harm to the effectiveness of the procedure was done because the ends of the vas seal from the placement of the clips and having cut the vas at the time of the vasectomy. The sperm check test is good, however, the definitive test of sterility is a negative semen analysis. My guess is that all is well and the vasectomy was successful and the chances of getting someone pregnant is 1 in 2,000.

Published on Dec 19, 2018

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

It is unusual for one to ejaculate a clip, however, all physicians have seen clips "migrate." This is common in other areas of the body where clips are used. No harm to the effectiveness of the procedure was done because the ends of the vas seal from the placement of the clips and having cut the vas at the time of the vasectomy. The sperm check test is good, however, the definitive test of sterility is a negative semen analysis. My guess is that all is well and the vasectomy was successful and the chances of getting someone pregnant is 1 in 2,000.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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