Pregnancy after Female Sterilization
on Feb 07, 2013
by Michelle Pearson
Female sterilization is a great option for permanent birth control. But what about pregnancy after female sterilization - is it possible?
Once you have completed your perfect family, as many or as few as you would like, you need to take the proper precautions to be sure that Mother Nature agrees you are done. This typically will fall back on the male in the situation; a vasectomy is far cheaper than female sterilization procedures. If you are paying out of pocket this will catch your attention for that main reason, plus, hello, you would not be the one being operated on. You have gone through enough pain, why endure more? Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Well in some cases that is what has to happen. Perhaps your insurance will not cover the vasectomy procedure but it will provide some or all coverage for a female sterilization procedure. From experience this does happen. My sister personally has two children, when she and her husband decided it was time to end the baby having. So they then looked into their insurance, and discovered it would not cover a penny of a vasectomy for him; however, it covered 80% of a sterilization procedure for her. This way rather than paying $2,500 flat out for his surgery, they only had to pay $750 for her doctor to perform a sterilization procedure. On a completely different note- the insurance company would not cover $2,500 but it covered $3,000 of her $3,750 surgery. Confusion was a little understated when I heard this.
While she chose that she never wants another child, and hope and pray that it does not happen to her; some women decide after the fact that they do indeed want another child. Or in some cases if the birth control fails it can result in an upset woman and usually an ectopic pregnancy. While the odds are slim for this to happen- it does happen.
Tubal ligation for example is the most commonly used sterilization procedure for a female. That is for good reason! The likelihood of becoming pregnant “accidentally” and it being an ectopic pregnancy is 0.007%! That balances out to be 7 in every 1,000 tubals performed. Those odds are wonderful to hear when you want something permanent. However, if you choose to want another child after your tubal ligation you can have the tubal ligation procedure reversed OR you can have “in vitro fertilization” (IVF) treatments done without having to un-do the tubes themselves. There are many pros and cons to each of these options- please speak with your doctor if you are interested in either of these procedures.
Adiana is another procedure that can be performed; this one however will have the doctor implant two silicone pieces into the fallopian tubes to prevent eggs and sperm from meeting for implantation. These pieces lie in the tubes and allow scar tissue to build up around them to hold them in to place. The odds of failure with this procedure are considerably higher than the tubal ligation. Studies say that 2% of women who have this performed will become pregnant within five years of the procedure being done. Of course if you chose to have this done and want more children it cannot be undone but you can still have “in vitro fertilization” treatments.
Essure is very similar to the Adiana procedure. However, this particular procedure uses metal coils that are implanted in the fallopian tubes to block the meeting of the egg and sperm. The metal is supposed to be more effective than the silicone used in Adiana. With Essure your failure rate is lower than Adiana, less than 1%! That means that out of 100 women there “might” be one woman that becomes pregnant, and there may be none. Just as with the other procedures you may have “in vitro fertilization” performed to become pregnant.
Most of the pregnancies that occur after sterilization will be ectopic pregnancies and usually end in miscarriage. It is important that you speak with your doctor if you would like to become pregnant again or if you feel that you are pregnant.
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Michelle is a busy mother to 2 boys and a prolific vlogger on subjects ranging from practical how-to tips for moms to chronicling her own pregnancy week-by-week on her popular YouTube channel ImaMommyof1.