Knowing What Affects Pregnancy After Tubal Reversal

by Sandra Wilson

What you want to know most is what things will affect your pregnancy after tubal reversal. After all the point behind having tubal ligation reversal surgery is to get pregnant and have a child. So just what factors affect how fast you can get pregnant or even how good your chances are of becoming pregnant after undergoing the reversal procedure?

A woman’s age – As a woman grows older the chances of her conceiving become greatly reduced even if she hasn’t had tubal ligation. However for those women that have had tubal ligation and then choose to have the operation reversed, they may find it even more difficult to conceive no matter their age. Although the chances of a woman conceiving after having the tubal ligation reversed are greatly increased the younger they are.

Some facts and figures relating to how age affects conception rates is as follows. A woman still in her twenties will find she has about a 77% chance of getting pregnant. Older still at 35-39, the rate fall to only a 62% chance of getting pregnant. And of course, for a woman who has gone past the 40 milestone, her chances of conception are only 34%.

Now the next thing that affects your getting pregnant after tubal reversal is what happened in your original tubal ligation surgery. Did that surgeon take too much of the fallopian tubes when he did his cutting and what condition were the tubes left in. The longer the tubes were and the better condition they are in when you undergo your reversal surgery the better your chances of getting pregnant. Even at that, some women just take more time. One woman can get pregnant almost seemingly immediately while another can take five years plus. But another factor is the length of the tubes and the condition they are in.

How long since the tubal ligation surgery was carried out? – Unfortunately the longer a woman waits in order to get her tubal ligation procedure reversed will greatly reduce her chances of being able to conceive easily. This is because the longer they wait the more damage will have been caused to their fallopian tubes, which in turn reduces the chances of the operation actually being successful.

Is Tubal Reversal a better option than IVF? – In a number of studies that have been carried out over the years relating to this matter, many women have found that having tubal reversal surgery rather than under going IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment has been more successful.

One such study from the Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center,, where they keep excellent track of their patients, it was discovered that the women who had the tubal reversal done, instead of the IVF treatments, conceived more easily. In addition, the number of actual babies born after they became pregnant, was higher for the tubal reversal surgery than for those who underwent IVF. Even better is that the reversal surgery is done generally on an outpatient basis with only about an hour in surgery thus lowering the cost of this treatment versus the IVF treatment which can take many tries.

Think about what we have written about in this article. Any of these things, maybe even all of them, can and will have an affect on the outcome of such a surgery. Conception will take time but the more the factors are to your benefit, perhaps the less time it will take for pregnancy after tubal reversal surgery and the sooner you will hold that darling infant in your arms.

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