Pregnancy After Tubal Reversal – What Are Your Chances?

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?

Probably the first thing to consider when considering getting pregnant whether having had your tubes tied or not has to do with age. Even if a woman has not undergone a tubal ligation, the older she is the more likely it will be that she will have a problem conceiving. This is just a fact of life, though you will have heard of some women getting pregnant at what some would consider an advanced age. It just boils down to the younger you are when having your tubal reversal surgery, the higher the probability of getting pregnant after tubal reversal is done.

A twenty-something woman will find her chances of conceiving after tubal reversal is about 77%. As you get older the probability drops as we stated before. A female that is between thirty-five and thirty-nine finds the probability falls to 62%. For a woman over forty, the conception rate falls even further to 34%.

The next factor that plays a part in getting pregnant after a tubal ligation reversal procedure is how long the fallopian tubes were left from the original tube tying procedure. The more the doctor has to work with the better the chances are. Some will find they conceive quickly but others will take five years or more. The condition of the fallopian tubes, the length they were left and thus what the doctor has left to reconnect, and how well they are reconnected all play a part in how soon you can get pregnant and what your chances of getting pregnant are.

Again time has a part to play in this next factor and that has to do with how much time has passed since the original tubal ligation procedure. A woman who is having a tubal reversal done only five years since her original surgery to have her tubes tied will be better off than someone who has waited fifteen years or better. The longer it has been, the longer the time for some damage to occur to the tubes which means the greater the chances of things not being successful. However, we are not saying you can’t conceive after a tubal ligation reversal, only that you shouldn’t waste time if that is what you want and to be aware that it is a factor.

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.

Speaking of studies,there is one study that was conducted by a renown reversal center, Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center,, that showed that there was a higher number of conceptions in women who have the tubal reversal surgery versus women who underwent the IVF treatments. Even better was that the number of children actually born was higher for the women who had the surgery versus the women who did the IVF. When you consider that the surgery generally takes, for Chapel Hill, one hour and is done on an outpatient basis, this lowers the cost compared to IVF. Most women undergoing IVF will have to do it over and over again at a goodly sum each time.

All these items above need to be considered when you are making your decision concerning tubal ligation reversal. Keep it all in mind when you are looking at pregnancy after tubal reversal as any of the factors, or indeed all of the factors, could have an impact on your ability to conceive and have the child you are dreaming of. However, the factors affect you, this could still be your best bet.

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