Reduced Postvasectomy Semen Analysis Testing with the Implementation of Special Clearance Parameters

Jared M. Bieniek, Tyler B. Fleming, Joseph Y. Clark

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Abstract

Objective To determine the applicability of postvasectomy special clearance parameters (<100,000 nonmotile sperm/mL on semen analysis) suggested by the American Urological Association and to define the associated cost savings with avoidance of further testing. Materials and Methods We retrospectively reviewed the cohort of men undergoing vasectomy from December 2009 to August 2012 at a single institution. Patient demographics and postvasectomy semen analysis (PVSA) results were collected for clearance parameter comparisons. Results During the study period, 230 patients underwent vasectomy with a mean ± SD age of 36.4 ± 6.5 years. Among the cohort, 83.5% were married and 95.2% had one or more children. The initial PVSA was completed by 111 (48.3%) patients at a mean of 17.8 weeks (range 4-45) following vasectomy. Sperm was identified on initial PVSA in 40 patients (36.0%); 1 patient was found to have motile sperm. Of 39 patients, 38 (97.4%) with nonmotile sperm on PVSA could be cleared to cease other contraceptives based on the most recent clearance guidelines. For those completing an initial PVSA, postvasectomy clearance increased from 64.0% to 98.2% representing a potential cost savings of $2356 in repeat semen testing. Conclusion Postvasectomy contraceptive clearance can be greatly increased when rare nonmotile sperm parameters are included although postvasectomy semen testing compliance remains poor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-449
Number of pages5
JournalUrology
Volume86
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Urology

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