Knowing about tubal reversal success is probably a key piece of information you are wanting to know. That is, if you have decided you want another child and to get your tubes untied. If you are wanting to do it for relief of post tubal ligation syndrome problems, then maybe the tubal reversal pregnancy success rates aren’t quite as important.
If you have done any looking around you may already know that success after reversing your tubal will generally depend upon three things provided you are healthy otherwise. Those three major determining factors are the method used to tie your tubes, what your age is at the time of the reversal and what length of tubes are left after any damage has been removed and the tubes sutured back together.
The only easily reached published source of information broken down by these three areas comes to us from the Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center’s website. That being the case, we will use their statistics in the rest of this article. Just be aware these statistics are coming from a surgeon with the experience of having done over 7000 surgeries and who does them five days a week, up to four surgeries a day. You just aren’t going to get that kind of experience and success with some local do-it-once-a-year type of doctor.
Starting with the ligation method, you will see you have higher success rate if your tubes were tied using rings or clips. The next best method, in regards to a better pregnancy rate, is ligation/resection which is where part of the tube is removed. Coagulation, or burning of the tubes, brings a 56% pregnancy rate after tubal reversal leaving fimbriectomy or unknown surgeries as the last or least successful reversal method. Even at that, it is better than 50% which is better than you get at any shot of IVF.
As you might guess, your age plays a big role in your success as well. Face it. A 45 year old woman is just not going to have as good a chance as a 25 year old woman. This bears out in the tubal reversal success rates as well. If you are 29 or younger, your chances of getting pregnant are 82%. If you are 30 to 34, it’s 76% and at 35 to 39 it’s 67%, The statistics show if you are over 40, the success rates fall to 41% but you do need to know that a couple of women in their 50s are included in that last figure.
The statistics regarding the length of the tubes show that the more you have left, the better it is for your pregnancy chances. 7.5 cm or better gives you an 80% shot but 2.5 cm or less gives you only about a 38% chance.
One last statistic for you to consider is the increase in chances of having an ectopic pregnancy. This raises only by 10% but you should know it as well. One other thing to consider is that getting pregnant and staying that way are two different things. Women who have tubal reversal surgery usually watch their cycles much more closely than most women and are much more aware of when things are happening. Due to this they are better able to make reports back to Dr. Berger. These additional statistics have also found their way into his pregnancy statistics on his website for your review.
Using our resources below will let you see more of the statistics available regarding tubal reversal success. See where you fit on the tables of statistics linked below. You can also browse through the other resources to find answers to all your questions regarding tubal reversal.
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