Getting Pregnant After Tubal Ligation

If you've changed your mind after having your tubes tied and want to conceive, you're likely deciding between a tubal reversal procedure vs. IVF treatments.  But which option is best for you?

Tubal Reversal

A tubal reversal is a surgical procedure where the where the blockage in the tubes is removed and a doctor reconnects the severed tubes.  A tubal reversal gives patients about a 70 percent overall chance of getting pregnant--about twice as high as IVF treatments. However, if the tubes were cut too short, a reversal may not be possible. If tubal reversal is successful, a woman can get pregnant as many times as she’s naturally able and not have to rely on drugs and regular procedures like IVF.


If a women does not want to undergo surgery, she may opt for IVF treatments. The best candidate for IVF after tubal ligation would be a women who is producing healthy eggs and doesn’t have fallopian tubes damaged by scar tissue. Woman older than 38 who want to get pregnant may opt for IVF since tubal reversal is not always effective in older women when it comes to conceiving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an in vitro fertilization treatment after tubal ligation gives women about a 35 percent chance of getting pregnant. IFV is more expensive than tubal reversal, and if more than one attempt is needed, costs can really add up.
If you want to conceive again or for the first time but have had your tubes tied, consult with a fertility specialist in your area to see which option is right for you.

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