Pregnancy After Vasectomy

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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.