Pregnancy after tubal ligation reversal


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Pregnancy after tubal ligation reversal

  1. 1. Pregnancy After Tubal Ligation Reversal
  2. 2. Is pregnancy possible after tubal ligation? The answer is, yes. While tubal ligation is extremely effective, permanent method of birth control (contraception), its reversal is possible. Tubal ligation, or tying your tubes, is a surgical procedure in which a woman's fallopian tubes are clamped off with a clip or ring (band) or burned shut (cauterized) to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
  3. 3. Every woman has two fallopian tubes, about 10 cm long and 0.5 cm in diameter. These thin tubes connect the ovaries to the uterus. The ovum (egg) released from the ovaries travels through these tubes to the uterus. The male sperm joins the egg for fertilization in this tube. Women who are done with childbirth often opt for this procedure. However, many women later change their mind and wish to have another child. This is where ligation reversal comes and helps women restore their fertility and get pregnant.
  4. 4. Ligation reversal surgery is done to reopen or rejoin the previously clamped, blocked or sealed tubes, ensuring fertility restoration. If you have had your fallopian tubes tied and now considering a reversal surgery because you have decided to become pregnant again, there are several factors to consider.
  5. 5. Possibility of Tubal Ligation Reversal Experts have shown that 98% of tied tubes can be reversed to their original form, so that an impressive percentage of women have the possibility to become pregnant following the ligation removal surgery. Success Rate With a ligation reversal, an average pregnancy rate is 75%. This percentage continues to increase every month, increasing the chance of you getting naturally conceive.
  6. 6. The Type of Ligation The overall success of the tubal ligation reversal largely depends on the method used to close the tubes e.g. whether the tubes are tied, clamped with clips or rings, a segment of the fallopian tube is excised or the tube is electro-coagulation. The success of the reversal microsurgery also depends on the status of the remaining segment of the tube. For instance, your remaining fallopian tubes should be healthy and having sufficient length for successful tubal reversal.
  7. 7. Condition of Tubes If the remaining part of the fallopian tube is too short, diseased or completely removed, reversal is not possible. Also, women who have had rings or clips placed around their tubes can successfully get their tubal ligation reversed. The chance for success increases when the diameters of the remaining ends of tubal sections are identical.
  8. 8. Age The age of the woman seeking tubal ligation reversal plays a key role in the success rate of the surgery. A woman wanting to get pregnant after a tubal ligation should be below 40 at the time she seeks tubal ligation reversal. Women over 40 years of age should discuss their personal chances of achieving successful pregnancy with their gynecologist before opting for tubal ligation reversal.
  9. 9. Ectopic Pregnancy Although many women are able to conceive within six months after the tubal ligation reversal and successfully deliver a child after full term, there is a higher risk for an ectopic pregnancy (EP) after the procedure. Also called tubal pregnancy, an ectopic pregnancy is a dangerous condition in which a fertilized egg settles and grows in any location other than the inner lining of the uterus. While the vast majority (or 98%) of ectopic pregnancies occur in the fallopian tube, eggs may also grow in the cervix, ovary, and abdominal cavity. The ectopic pregnancy can cause internal bleeding and can be lifethreatening, sometimes causing death in the first trimester of pregnancy.
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