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Pregnant after Tubal Ligation

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Most people know that tubal ligation (also informally known as getting your tubes tied) is a form of permanent birth control and is quite common. The good news is that it is a strong possibility for women who have performed this surgery to have it reversed so that they can still get pregnant after tubal ligation and have another child.

Initial Tubal Ligation and Change of Mind

Tubal ligation is a surgery in which the fallopian tubes are cut and sealed or pinched shut in order to prevent fertilization. This is a fairly safe way to prevent women from getting a pregnant again and is usually utilized in older women who have no wish to have another child. The fact of the matter is that there are times when the women may wish to change her mind. In this instance, a reversal is possible. The idea is for the tubal surgeon to repair the damage done to the fallopian tubes, removing any blockage created by the scarring left from the tubal ligation procedure. The woman can resume her normal activities and go back to work with light lifting in just a few days and can expect full recovery in about one month. It is highly recommended to wait at least one complete menstrual cycle before trying to conceive.

Odds of Pregnancy after Tubal Ligation

The chances of getting pregnant after tubal ligation reversal are very good, averaging from 65% to 75%. These percentages vary depending upon the method of the original tubal ligation. The procedure seems to be a greater success in women whose tubes were constricted by either rings or clips or those who have a small section of fallopian tube removed when they had the tubal ligation. Studies have shown that as age increases the percentage of women who got pregnant after tubal ligation reversal decreases. Another study showed that women who were left with longer tubes verses shorter tubes after surgery had better chances of getting pregnant.

Problems after Tubal Ligation Reversal

Some women who have had a tubal ligation reversal have suffered inflammation in the fallopian tubes. Excessive inflammation can lead to the formation of scar tissue and adhesions which can block the fallopian tubes and prevent getting pregnant after tubal ligation reversal. Infection can be another complication which can cause damage to the fallopian tubes. The average cost of the surgery to repair the fallopian tubes is $8,000 to $9,000 and there is no guarantee that the woman will get pregnant after surgery.

Alternative Options for Getting Pregnant

In cases where tubal reversal is not possible or the surgery was not successful and you did not get pregnant after tubal ligation reversal, vitro fertilization can be another option. This is where the fertilization of the eggs is done outside of the uterus. After the eggs are fertilized the resulting embryos are transferred and implanted in the uterus. The success rates are very high and the woman does not have to wait as long to see if the implant was a success in comparison to the time it will take to see if she gets pregnant after reversal surgery.