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He's not going to have to have a second vasectomy, is he?

(9 Posts)
HotSauceCommittee Wed 07-May-14 14:23:23

shock
First test results of DH's "Harry Monk" have just come back from lab as being "positive for spermatozoa". Is this common? Will the second sample probably be negative for sperm?
I'm not sure the poor chap could go through it again.

trikken Wed 07-May-14 14:26:16

I thought they had to wait and test again in a few weeks. Sometimes it takes longer than expected to be completely sperm-free.

HotSauceCommittee Wed 07-May-14 14:28:18

Yes, he's just given them a second sample, but I was wondering if it was usual to see any sperm in the first sample.

trikken Wed 07-May-14 14:31:49

When dh went for his he was told it does happen, not sure how commonly it happens though.

AmpersandRea Wed 07-May-14 14:48:32

dh took months to get a clear result

scaevola Wed 07-May-14 14:56:37

www.mumsnet.com/Talk/family_planning/1769567-Post-vasectomy-how-long-til-his-all-clear

Different providers have different post-procedure testing protocols.

It takes a combination of both passage of time and number of ejaculations to be clear. If the sperm are few in number, it might not mean that the procedure has failed and further tests could come back clear. They only start talking about a second procedure if they discover 'normal' levels of sperm (suggesting that at least one vas is not blocked) at any point, or if low levels persist for months.

The story on my amazing non-clearing DH is in the thread I linked. How long is it since your DH's OP?

TheFuzz Wed 07-May-14 15:10:30

Beaten to it. It can take time. It was 18 months before a friend of mine was clear. They won't schedule a second op for a long time, so you may need other contraception until the all clear.

I was fortunate to be clear after the 16 weeks, but I have had numberous other issues from my vasectomy, including further invasive surgery. Still in considerable pain 19 months after the 'snip'.

Even testicle removal has been ruled out of getting rid of pain, so living on a combination of 30-60mg of codeine and 1000mg of paracetemol until I can be referred for a nerve block - that may not work either.

I've even complained to NHS GP Commissioners about the treatment I had, and neither the operating GP nor my own GP had responded, only my surgeon for the second op. I'm now going down the legal route as complications were not discussed, or indeed told they were so rare it was not a worry, when long term chronic pain is common - 1 in 10

My advice, wait and avoid more surgery down there as additional scar tissue will build up, and the possibility of chronic pain will increase.

HotSauceCommittee Wed 07-May-14 17:42:22

Thanks all. Glad to know it takes a while and that it's not that unusual.

I think you've posted on a vasectomy thread before, TheFuzz? So sorry it didn't go well for you and I hope you get better soon.

scaevola Thu 26-Jun-14 09:38:28

HotSauceCommittee this has been on my mind as DH is sending yet another sample this week (we're 18 months on, and if he's not clear now it looks as if he never will be). Hope you've had better news!

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