It takes a lot of deliberation and reflection before you can make up your mind as to whether you should go ahead with a tubal ligation procedure, partly because it is seen as permanent. Unfortunately there are many women who, after performed this procedure, years later then feel they after all want to have another child and for many of them a reversal is achievable. A tubal ligation reversal can make this wish come true with a high achievement of pregnancy rates resulting from the reversal.
It is not automatic that a woman can have her tubal ligation reversed. To find out if the procedure is suitable for you, visit a tubal reversal doctor who will carry out an assessment by examining your fallopian tubes with the aid of a laparoscope, a tiny camera used to investigate the insides of your tubes to determine their health. The factors that will determine if the reversal specialist thinks your tubes are healthy enough to operate on include how they have been blocked, how much of your fallopian tube is remaining to be re-attached and how healthy your tubes look after investigation, taking into account your age and current health.
A tubal ligation reversal will attach the two parts of your fallopian tube back together again. Generally a healthy fallopian tube is around 10cm in length. After having your tubes tied the remaining tubal segment lengths can vary. The longer the tubes the higher the probability you will get pregnant.
Although tubal ligation reversal is not a procedure to be taken lightly, the surgery in itself is not complicated and can be performed on an outpatient basis if the tubal surgeon is experienced. How long your reversal takes will depend on the expertise and knowledge of your doctor and how they initially were tied (tubal occlusion). After the operation you should take it easy for at least a week before returning to work and if you experience any bleeding or infection then get in touch with your surgeon.
The procedure will normally take around an hour and you will have good chance that after the tubal surgery you will achieve your goal of getting pregnant. Pregnancy rates are considerably higher than those of in-vitro fertilization (IVF).
Keep in mind that there is no certainty that you will conceive after having a tubal ligation reversal just as there is no certainty that any woman will become pregnant even if she hasnt had surgery performed. Your age and health will affect your chances of getting pregnant; a young woman will generally get pregnant a lot easier than women over 35 and 40.
If you are unsure about having surgery then an alternative is to try in-vitro fertilization (IVF).This option is chosen by many couples who have problems conceiving and for women who have had their tubes tied. The cost of this treatment however can be quite high. Also be prepared for lots of visits to the clinic and numerous injections if you are considering going down this route.
Scientific studies show that a tubal ligation reversal is generally more successful for women wanting to get pregnant than undergoing IVF treatment. A specialized fertility clinic will be able to answer all your questions and address any concerns you may have with regard to the procedure. Although tubal ligation is intended to be permanent, a good surgeon will have a lot of success in repairing the fallopian tubes of women who want to have another baby. Before making any major decisions consider all your options and good luck!