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How Can I Get Pregnant After Tubal Ligation?

How Can I Get Pregnant After Tubal Ligation?

Patients who have had their tubes tied in the past often contact us asking “how can I get pregnant after tubal ligation?” The good news is that pregnancy is still an option if you wish to have another child by undergoing IVF treatment (which bypasses the blocked fallopian tubes) or by surgically reconnecting the fallopian tubes.

How Effective  is Tubal Ligation?

Tubal ligation is an extremely reliable way to prevent pregnancy. Pregnancy rates after tubal ligation are well under 1%.

What are the Risks of Pregnancy After Tubal Ligation?

The chance of getting pregnant naturally after tubal sterilization is very low, but rarely it does occur. If a woman does become pregnant on her own after tubal ligation, there is a higher risk of an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy that implants outside the uterus). Ectopic pregnancies can be dangerous and require medical attention immediately.

How Can I Get Pregnant After Tubal Ligation?

If you want to become pregnant after a tubal ligation, the most effective method involves in vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF is a safe, very effective treatment option. It involves injectable hormones to help your ovaries mature several eggs all at the same time. Once the eggs are deemed “ready” they are harvested through a simple 5-10 minute outpatient procedure under anesthesia. The eggs are then introduced to sperm in the IVF laboratory (in a petri dish). The eggs that successfully fertilize are called embryos. When the time is right, the embryo that appears to be the strongest is transferred through your cervix back to your uterus. The embryo transfer is very quick and does not require anesthesia. Some patients will have extra embryos that can be frozen for future use.

Next Steps

If you’re considering becoming pregnant after having your tubes tied, speak with your doctor about all available options so that you can make an informed decision about what’s best for you and your family.

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