If you're thinking about ditching other forms of contraception after a vasectomy, you might want to think again. Case in point: Antonio Cromartie. The New York Jets football cornerback and wife Terricka Cromartie recently announced that they're expecting twins—even after a vasectomy (cue the joke about sperm breaking through last line of defense).
Terricka found out she was pregnant in October, when she went to the emergency room for bad cramps.
"I didn't even tell Antonio right away because I didn't think it was possible," Terricka tells Us Weekly. "I was going back and forth in my head how it could even happen. In my head, we were good to go, we were having free sex! I just really thought that his procedure was the best protection you could have at this point."
According to the National Institute of Health, while a vasectomy is the most effective form of birth control among the sexually active, 15 to 20 of every 10,000 couples still get pregnant after the first year of having the procedure. That's because a vasectomy isn't effective right away. Remaining sperm has to clear out of the semen, which takes about 15 to 20 ejaculations or 3 months. One out of every 5 men will have to wait even longer. And sometimes, the first snip doesn't take, so many end up getting a second vasectomy.
"Originally, he was like, 'Oh, s--t! Are you serious? How did this happen?'" Terricka said. "It was shocking news for the both of us. It took me a while to process it, but Antonio stood firm and was saying, 'It's God's will.' And he's been excited the whole time."
Antonio will now have enough children for a team of his own (plus a kicker). He has 10 children with several different women, including Jurzie (5) and Jagger (3) with Terricka. The football player also recently joked about child-support issues in an Instagram post.
"To be honest, I've gone back and forth about if I wanted to share the news or not," Terricka tells Us Weekly. "All my children are blessings and all of Antonio's children are blessings, for that matter. It was made to seem that my children weren't a blessing because they were categorized by a number, and for that reason and that reason alone, I hid both of my [first two] pregnancies with my husband, just so I could enjoy them with those who were really happy for me."
While we can't wait to welcome the Cromartie twins, the lesson is clear: Parents, if you're planning on not having any more kids, don't let your guard down.