When a man gets a vasectomy, it is because he does not want to have more children. Sometimes, however, life circumstances are altered, and he changes his mind. In many cases, a vasectomy reversal can be done. The length of time between your vasectomy and its reversal plays a part in the return of sperm. If your vasectomy was less than three years before the reversal, there is a 97 percent chance of sperm returning; three to eight years ago, 88 percent; nine to 14 years, 79 percent. Once you have had a reversal, you can take additional steps to encourage an increase in your sperm count.
Take a daily multivitamin to be sure you are maintaining healthy levels of important nutrients in your body at all times. Good health is an important component to healthy sperm, says the Mayo Clinic. In addition, zinc, selenium and folic acid all contribute to healthy sperm.
Eat healthy foods. Including lots of vegetables and fruits in your daily diet will provide antioxidants that can improve your sperm count and sperm health.
Give up tobacco, alcohol and illicit drugs. All three factors have been proven to contribute to a reduced sperm count. If stopping any of these habits will be difficult for you, your doctor can advise you and help you through the process.
Lose weight. Carrying around excess baggage can cause your sperm count to drop. Losing the weight through a healthy diet and moderate exercise will improve your sperm count.
Be patient. The Mayo Clinic reports it usually takes several months for sperm to start showing up after a vasectomy reversal. In some cases, however, it can take up to 15 months. Eat a healthy diet, stay away from unhealthy habits and reduce the stress in your life if you want to increase your sperm count following your reversal procedure.
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