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Tubal Ligation Reversal
on Nov 30, 2012
by Dr. Karen Leham, MD
Find out about Tubal Ligation reversal, which is reversing the permanent birth control procedure of having your 'tubes tied' so you may be able to get pregnant again.
Tubal Ligation is surgery that is done to block a woman’s fallopian tubes so that no eggs can reach the uterus and no sperm can reach the egg. It is commonly known as “having your tubes tied,” and it is done to prevent pregnancy when a woman decides that she does not want to have children. Tubal Ligation is supposed to be a permanent form of birth control for women. However, sometimes after having a tubal ligation done, a woman will decide that she does, in fact, wish to have more children. If this happens, she may wish to have her tubal ligation “undone” or reversed. This is known as a tubal ligation reversal, and today we are going to tell you all about it. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Tubal Ligation Reversal is an option for women who have decided that they do not want to have their “tubes tied” anymore and that wish to become pregnant. There are many reasons that a woman might want to have her tubal ligation reversed. Younger women are more likely to regret tubal ligations, and sometimes women get a tubal ligation after feeling pressure from their spouse, family members or friends and later decide it was not the right choice for them. Some women are not able to have a tubal ligation reversal. You will have to speak with your doctor to decide if you are a good candidate for tubal ligation reversal. Some of the questions that your doctor will ask you include questions about your age, your pregnancy history, your health history, and more. Then you will be able to find out if you are a possible candidate for tubal ligation reversal. Doctors usually agree that the best candidates for tubal ligation reversal are women younger than forty who had their tubes tied immediately following childbirth, where only small parts of the fallopian tubes were removed.
If you are a good candidate for tubal ligation reversal, the surgery will be done in a hospital or outpatient setting. The surgery lasts about two to three hours and you will not remember what is taking place. The doctors will use very small stitches to reconnect the fallopian tubes. You will only have one or two small cuts near your bikini line where your doctor will make the incision, and that is all. Recovery from tubal ligation reversal takes longer than recovery from the original tubal ligation. Most women will get to go home the same day, while some may require an overnight stay in the hospital. You will need to take it easy at home, and gradually return to your normal activities within a couple of weeks.
Not every woman is able to become pregnant after tubal ligation reversal. Even if you have the surgery, it is not guaranteed that you will be able to go on to have a baby. The success rate for tubal ligation reversal surgery varies greatly, and it can be anywhere from 45-85%. Most pregnancies occur within the first year. Your doctor will be able to tell you more about tubal ligation reversal and whether or not it is a good choice for you.
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Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstretics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.