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Dr. Norm S.
Dr. Norm S., Board Certified OB/GYN
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Is it possible to have a child via IVF or ICSI if the

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Is it possible to have a child via IVF or ICSI if the man has had a vasectomy?
Thank you.
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Lance
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: OB GYN
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 1 year ago.
How long has it been since the vasectomy?How old is your partner with whom you wish to have the child?Do you want only one child, or perhaps more? Thank you.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
15 Years since vasectomy. 40 year old partner. Her child is 6 years old. Only one child wanted.
Thank you.
Expert:  Dr. Norm S. replied 1 year ago.
Hello Lance,It is usually possible to have a child via IVF using ICSI if the man has had a vasectomy. There are a number of factors to consider.The main factor may be your partner's age. The success rate of IVF (with or without ICSI) decreases with the woman's age. The reason is that a woman's eggs are the same age as she is, and older eggs don't work as well for pregnancy.In general, chance of a live birth from each cycle of IVF at age 38-40 is around 28%, and at age 40-42 is around 16%. You could go here http://www.sart.org to enter various factors that help predict success.The other thing to consider is that it is often more cost effective and easier to do a vasectomy reversal rather than IVF and ICSI - see here http://www.infertile.com/vasectomy-reversal-vs-icsi-dr-silbers-conclusions/Usually it's best to discuss this with an IVF clinic where they do ICSI, and then perhaps also discuss it with a doctor who is good at vasectomy reversals. Best wishes.
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