Tube Ligation Reversal

Tube Ligation Reversal

In a tubal ligation, also known as “having your tubes tied,” your fallopian tubes are cut or blocked. Tubal ligation prevents pregnancy by keeping the sperm and egg from meeting in the fallopian tube.

Some women who have had a tubal ligation might choose to have it reversed. A tubal ligation reversal reconnects the blocked or cut segments of the fallopian tube, and this allows a woman who had previously had her tubes tied to become pregnant naturally. This procedure is also known as tubal reanastomosis, tubal reversal, or tubal sterilization reversal.

Several things should be considered before you and your partner decide that the operation is right for you:

  • Your age: Age plays a vital role in whether you get pregnant after tubal reversal. Older women are much less likely than younger women to have success.
  • The type of surgery you had to get your tubes tied. Some types of tubal sterilization are not reversible.
  • Your overall health and the health of your ovaries, uterus, and remaining fallopian tubes, especially their length. Reversal surgery is more successful when there's a lot of healthy fallopian tubes left.
  • Body mass index. Reversal may be less successful if you're obese or overweight.
  • Other health conditions. Other health conditions, such as autoimmune diseases, can affect pregnancy. If you have one of these conditions, your doctor might take that into account when deciding if a tubal ligation reversal is right for you.
  • General fertility. Before surgery, your doctor will probably test both you and your partner to learn more about your sperm and egg health. Your doctor might also take images to make sure your uterus can support a pregnancy.
Pregnancy Success Rates After Reversal

If your remaining fallopian tubes are healthy, and you and your partner don’t have any other infertility issues, you have a good chance of getting pregnant after tubal reversal.

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