Having a Baby After Tubal Ligation
Tubal ligation is a common form of birth control that some women choose to undergo in order to permanently prevent pregnancy. Though it comes with risks, tubal ligation is a semi-permanent solution for those who don’t wish to be pregnant in the future. Yet, for some women, circumstances may change and they may desire to become pregnant in spite of a past tubal ligation.
Option 1: Reversal
Reversal of tubal ligation is a possible solution for those wishing to become pregnant after a tubal ligation. The success rate of the procedure is typically high and most of the time, there can be no discernable reason why a reversal wouldn’t work.
What to Expect
– Anesthesia and a minor incision
– Reversal of both sides of the fallopian tubes
– Time in the operating room of around 1-3 hours
– Normal recovery time of 3-4 days off work
– Following reversal fertility drugs and other techniques may still be needed
Option 2: In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is a form of assisted reproductive technology that can be used for those for whom reversal isn’t an option.
What to Expect
– Hormone injections to increase egg production
– Removal of eggs from the ovaries
– Fertilization with sperm outside the body
– Transfer of embryo into the uterus
– Possible medications to maintain or increase pregnancy
– Generally an effective treatment, although not 100% successful
Having a baby after a tubal ligation can be done if desired, although the exact method to be chosen is determined on an individual basis. Reversal can be highly successful, while IVF can be used if reversal is not an option. Your doctor can help you decide which option is right for you.