If you are someone who has had a Tubal Ligation, often called getting your “tubes tied,” you may grow to regret the choice later in life. Luckily, the decision can be turned around and you can have a shot at getting pregnant with a Tubal Ligation Reversal. There are several factors that affect the odds of success with this procedure, but there is hope for most women.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Tubal Ligation Reversal?
Everyone is different, but there are certain factors that impact the likelihood of your Tubal Ligation Reversal being successful. They include:
- The type of tubal ligation you had
- Your age
- Your body mass index
- The amount of damage to your Fallopian tubes
- The remaining tubal length
Bear in mind, there are other factors at play that impact your odds of getting pregnant. The most important two are the quality of the sperm and eggs. The more healthy Fallopian tube you have remaining, the higher your odds of success are.
To better know your odds of success, try to find a copy of your operative report from your tubal ligation. Knowing what type of procedure was performed can give you a good indication of your odds of being able to have it reversed. If your surgeon used a Hulka clip, for example, the odds are very good. Luckily, this is the most common type of tubal ligation done today.
How Is a Tubal Ligation Reversal Performed?
This is a pretty straight-forward procedure. When you had your tubal ligation, the surgeon either cut out part of your Fallopian tubes or blocked them. If they are blocked, small incisions are made before rejoining the normal, open lengths of tube. In either case, a microscope is used to precisely stitch together the two ends. Overall, this procedure takes between 1. 5 to 3 hours.
When Can You Try to Get Pregnant?
After the surgery, you do not have to wait long before trying to conceive. Generally speaking, you will be healed enough within one month to begin trying. If everything went well, you may be lucky enough to get pregnant after your first month of trying. Most patients with successful Tubal Ligation Reversal procedures get pregnant within the first year. Your lifestyle habits can have an impact on your likelihood of conceiving as well. Getting into shape and eating healthy can greatly improve your odds of success.
If you had a tubal ligation done when you were younger and now have regrets, contact our office today to schedule a consultation! We can go over your medical history and decide what course of action would give you the best chance at becoming pregnant and discuss the possibility of a Tubal Ligation Reversal. Women’s OB/GYN Center is conveniently located in Pasadena and Webster, TX.