Tubal Ligation Reversal
Tubal ligation is intended to be permanent but for women who come to our center for reversal … permanent is not forever.
We can repair all types of tubal ligations and many of our patients will become pregnant within the first 12 months of having tubal reversal surgery. All tubal ligations cause the fallopian tube to heal with closure and become blocked. This blockage prevents sperm from finding and fertilizing an egg.
Tubal reversal surgery involves removing the blockage, rejoining the fallopian tubes, and restoring natural conception.
Success of Tubal Reversal
Tubal reversal can be very successful for many women. Approximately 2 out of every 3 women who become pregnant after reversing their tubes.
There are two factors which predict the success of tubal reversal surgery: patient age and the type of tubal ligation.
Patient age : Most important predictor of tubal reversal success
Type of tubal ligation: Second most important predictor of tubal reversal success
Tubal ligation: Can it be reversed?
Although it is well know by many that vasectomy is reversible, many people (medical and non-medical) mistakenly believe tubal ligation is not a reversible procedure. Tubal ligation is a reversible procedure.
Tubal ligation is very common and 1 out of every 3 women will regret their tubal ligation. Although many will regret having their tubes tied, very few women will actually have tubal ligation reversal surgery.
Many women will be told by medical professionals tubal reversal is not possible and their only option is in-vitro fertilization. Many of these women will give up hope of having natural conception.
Many health care providers, including many IVF specialists, are not aware the American Society for Reproductive Medicine is actually very supportive of tubal reversal surgery.
“Tubal anastomosis (tubal reversal) has a significantly higher cumulative pregnancy rate than IVF, and it is more cost efficient, even in women 40 years of age or older.”
– American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Committee opinion: role of tubal surgery in the era of assisted reproductive technology 2012
Tubal reversal or IVF
The leading group of IVF experts in the United States has consistently concluded a single cycle of IVF is more successful than when compared to a single month of trying to become pregnant naturally after tubal reversal but with the passage of time tubal reversal can be more successful and affordable than IVF.