One couple’s story of becoming pregnant with IVF after vasectomy reversal
After a year of trying to conceive, Kenlly and Michael sought IVF after vasectomy reversal. Kenlly was 34 at the time and wanted a fertility doctor who would tell it to her straight. She wanted accurate expectations about her chances of conceiving a healthy baby. Luckily, she found this honest support at our clinic.
“We first met with Dr. Bedient, who was very straightforward and honest. She said there was a 50/50 chance of us conceiving [after the vasectomy reversal without fertility treatment] and was very informative about the process. I liked that. My expectations were never set too high because she was so realistic,” Kenlly says. Together with Dr. Bedient, the couple decided that IVF would offer them the best chance at having a baby.
As Kenlly started the process of IVF after vasectomy reversal, the combination of the fertility medications affecting her hormones and her nerves about whether the IVF would work, caused her to have what she referred to as a breakdown in Dr. Bedient’s office. Kenlly says, “I remember almost crying in her office. She was so supportive and really helped me move through it, building my confidence about the process while still maintaining her honesty.”
Kenlly also remembers the staff at our Las Vegas fertility clinic being helpful. “They were always thoughtful and supportive and would call to ensure I was comfortable with how to do the fertility injections.”
Eventually, the team retrieved 31 eggs. From there, 21 eggs fertilized and five matured. After having preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) done on the five embryos, they discovered that only one was healthy. While this might have been discouraging to some hopeful parents, Kenlly and Michael saw it as a miracle.
The next step was the embryo transfer, which Dr. Shapiro performed. “He was very confident about the quality of my one embryo,” Kenlly says. “I trusted him. When he talked about his confidence in the embryo, I was filled with ease. On the day of the transfer I was at peace.”
Kenlly and Michael were right about the one healthy embryo being a miracle, as it resulted in the birth of their healthy son.
IVF after vasectomy reversal
When Kenlly looks back on their experience, her biggest regret was the vasectomy reversal. “I wish we hadn’t bothered with having Michael’s vasectomy reversed, as I feel it was a waste of money. If we would have gone straight to the fertility clinic and done IVF, we would have saved time and resources.”
Our Las Vegas fertility clinic tells patients that vasectomy reversal is not always the best option because the high success rates of IVF often provide a more effective treatment option.
Wisdom for other hopeful parents
After reviewing her journey of IVF after vasectomy reversal, Kenlly shared advice for other hopeful parents.
- Ask a lot of questions. Kenlly encourages hopeful parents to ask questions until they have a full understanding of what IVF entails and what the chances of pregnancy are.
- Take your medicine when and how you’re supposed to. Our doctors prescribe a customized medication protocol for each patient to maximize success, so it’s important to take the medications as prescribed.
- Don’t take a pregnancy test too early. “The doctors tell you not to take a home pregnancy test and they’re right,” Kenlly says. “If you test too early, you could get a false negative, which leads to unnecessary anxiety.”
Our team is thrilled to have supported Kenlly and Michael in the process of building their family. Contact our Las Vegas fertility clinic for more information about how we can help you conceive with IVF after vasectomy reversal.