Pregnancy After Vasectomy

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
My husband and I just learned that we are pregnant very unexpectedly. My husband had a vasectomy 3 months ago. He had a sperm count done 6 weeks after the vasectomy and was told there were 4 sperm but, they weren't really even moving. The MD went on to say, "You should be fine, but if you are worried wait a couple of weeks before having unprotected sex and you'll be all set." The MD never mentioned having another count done or anything.

We waited another couple of weeks and still became pregnant. We are not placing blame on anyone and realize the responsibility is solely on us to be sure that he received zero sperm counts. I want to also mention that we are both happy now with the pregnancy and know that it happened for a reason and we were meant to have another baby.

My real question is, is the sperm "normal"? We are concerned that the sperm might be compromised in some way because it was in there for so long...hanging out. I know male sperm are supposed to be more sensitive and die easier...is it still possible to have a boy baby?

Thanks in advance!

ANSWER

Congratulations!!! I agree, babies born under such circumstances are almost always here for a special reason. And yes, the sperm are perfectly normal and produce healthy children. I have delivered both boys and girls to couples post-vasectomy (and post-tubal ligation).

--Cynthia, CNM. PhD.

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.