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Can You Get Pregnant After Getting Your Tubes Tied?

on Feb 16, 2013

by Lucy Eades

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Can You Get Pregnant After Getting Your Tubes Tied?

Tubal Ligation is a sterilization procedure that is a great option for many women. But can you get pregnant after getting your tubes tied?

What is tubal ligation?

Tubal Ligation (commonly known as “getting your tubes tied”) is a sterilization procedure that is a great option for many women. For women who have decided that they do not want to have children, or for women who already have children but have decided not to have any more, tubal ligation is a great option. A tubal ligation is meant to be a permanent option for birth control, as it is approximately 99.5% effective in protecting against pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

How is tubal ligation done?

A tubal ligation is a surgical procedure. In women who already have children, tubal ligations are done usually following a delivery or c-section birth of a child. For women that do not have children, tubal ligations can be done at any time. During a tubal ligation, a woman’s tubes can be cut, tied, burned, or blocked off via clips, bands, or sometimes rings. The purpose of this is to keep the egg from ever reaching the uterus again. There are several different ways that tubal ligations are done, and your doctor can help you decide which one is the best for you.

Can you get pregnant after tubal ligation?

As we said before, tubal ligations are around 99.5% effective in protecting against future pregnancies. What that means, is that they are not 100% effective in every case. Sometimes tubal ligations fail, and pregnancies can sometimes occur. How does this happen? Sometimes, the rings, clips, or bands that are blocking the Fallopian tubes can come off. This can allow the egg to travel to the uterus after all. Other times, in cases in which the tubes are cut or burned, the body can actually allow the tubes to grow back together, healing and repairing themselves. This can cause the egg to be able to travel to the uterus after all. The most common times that a tubal ligation fails is either shortly after the procedure, or very far down the road, usually around ten years after having one done.

If you want to get pregnant

If you have had a tubal ligation and you have decided that you want to get pregnant after all, there are options available to you. There is something known as a tubal ligation reversal, which is, pretty much, the untying of the tubes. Doctors are more likely to do a tubal ligation reversal if it has been less than ten years since the tubal ligation was done, and if a woman is younger than 40. Doctors also will usually only do tubal ligation reversals if a woman is in good health. If you would like to talk to your doctor about a tubal ligation reversal, be prepared to undergo a lot of testing to determine if you are a good candidate. Also, sometimes tubal ligations are not able to be reversed, so do not get your hopes up until your doctor tells you for sure.

Other options

If you are not able to have your tubal ligation reversed, don’t worry, there are some other options that might be a possibility for you. There are several different assisted reproduction techniques that can make it possible for women who have had tubal ligations to have babies. For example, you might be able to also use IVF to get pregnant. This is because IVF does not use the fallopian tubes, and the egg will not have to travel that way, so it is possible to get pregnant using IVF. Other options include using a surrogate, or adoption. Talk with your doctor about all of your options to find out which one is best for you.

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Lucy is a mother of three, who’s passionate about all things AP parenting. When she’s not busy giving tips on keeping babies healthy & happy, you can find her blogging on her popular YouTube channel

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  • sammy

    My doctor had me sign something two weeks before my son was born and dated it 5 months is that legal and dose that mean my tube is legal to?

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  • Debra

    I got my tubes tied May 2006. I have bad cramps and heavy blood flow every month. My legs also hurt really badly. I want one more child because i recently got engaged. I really cant afford a tubal reversal or IVF. I dont want to adopt either. Can you help me… what can i do. I am all out of options but i really really want another child.

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  • Elyssa

    I had a bilateral tubal litigation done on July 3, 2012. I recently married and my husband wants to have baby. Since the procedure I have been pregnant twice but miscarried ….will the TTC KIT work for us.

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  • teresa

    I had my tubes tied about 2 years ago but i havent had my period in two months
    Im worried because i have symptoms is it possible that i could be pregnant?

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  • Missy

    I had a tubal reversal and I did a hsg and was told my tubes are blocked how can I fix this

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  • Antoinetta

    In 1996 I had my tubes burnt and tie. I recently got married. I am really feeling bad like nausea and feeling dizzy. I know my husband would like for us to have a baby together. I am 44 and I just don’t know if I could be pregnant.

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  • Linz

    I had my tubes tied 7 years ago and for the past two months I have been sick..ive been real short of breath, alot of weird food cravings, had a UTI twice and I haves gained more than 10 pounds in the last two months…I am getting nervous is there anyway I could be pregnant?

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  • rammonji3025

    I got my tubs burned in 2010 never thought i would regret it till now…what are my chances to get pregnant. Again? ??

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  • Quanna27

    I had an tubal ligation in 2011 and I’m having symptom of being pregnant I keep throwing up sleeping alot and I got this stomach ache that just hurts my last period was like a dusty brick red blood and only stayed on for 3 days and usually my cycle is 5 to 6 days my stomach get hard sometimes and back to soft and when I move in a certain way I have a sharp pain like as if a baby was in me what should I do someone please tell me

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  • Razellie Curammeng

    I have a tubal ligation in 2005 but this time my second husband want to have a baby! im still 28 what is the best i will do for having again a baby?

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  • chidinma

    I am doing exclusive breast feeding and had my tubes tied. is there any possibility of pregnancy?

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  • worried

    I had my tubes tied in 2006 and I’ve missed my period 2 months straight . I’ve taken several test and all were negative.

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  • Dianna3

    Can conceive easy help me get pregnant while my tubes are tied

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  • jaime

    I have had my tubes tied cut and burnt 10 yes ago but my period is late I took 6 test came back neg.this morning I woke up and there was orangish yellow stuff I doesnt look like a period but could I be pregnant

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  • Godinezjuly

    I had my tubes tied in 2007 and in 2012 I found out I was pregnant. I had healthy baby boy in July of 2013. Is there a chance I can get pregnant a 2nd time??

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  • yvette

    I had my tubes cut tied and burned in 2008 and now I feel movements in my stomach. I have only missed my cycle last month. Could I possibly be pregnant?

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  • Natalie

    I had my tubes cut tied and burned in 2008. Now I feel movements in my stomach. Is there a pissibility of being pregnant or just muscle contractions?

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  • Nilsa

    I had my tubes tied in 08 and i been having problems with my period sometimes i get it and sometimes i don’t but still get the cramps but i want to have a nother baby what can i do please help with advice THANK YOU

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  • Jamie

    I had my tubes tied and burned in 2009 and now I am wanting to conceive what are my opinions to get pregnant?

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