Can I Get Pregnant After Tubal Ligation?

Can I Get Pregnant After Tubal Ligation?

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Tubal Ligation, also known as getting your tubes tied. It’s a procedure that many women have done every year, for a wide variety of different reasons. But, what happens if those women want to get pregnant again, later on? Is it possible? Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Or, what about the women who don’t want to get pregnant, ever? Can they be assured that tubal ligation really works? Read on to get the real scoop on just how likely it is to get pregnant after a tubal ligation.

What is tubal ligation?

First of all, let’s find out a little more about what exactly a tubal ligation is. Tubal ligation, also known as getting your tubes tied, or simply as a tubal, is a surgical procedure in which a woman’s fallopian tubes are tied, cut off, or otherwise blocked.

This stops the egg from traveling through the tubes at all, therefore making it impossible to become pregnant. Tubal ligation procedures are usually done by a gynecologist, but can also be done by a general surgeon in some cases. The procedure is considered a moderately major surgery,and is done under general anesthesia.

Is it permanent?

Tubal Ligations are considered to be permanent means of birth control. Reversing a tubal ligation if a woman decides to have more children can be done in some circumstances, but it is not always successful and should not be considered as a viable option. It is more of a “maybe, maybe not” kind of procedure. Of course, no birth control method is 100% effective 100% of the time.

There is a small, slight chance the tubal ligations might not work in some cases. In 1000 women who have the procedure done, about 5 will become pregnant within one year. After a period of five years, around 13 out of 1000 women will have experienced a pregnancy.

Why do tubal ligations fail?

There are several reasons that tubal ligations might fail. The surgery might have been done incorrectly, or the surgeon might have made a mistake while doing the surgery. In other cases, the tubes can actually reattach or grow back together, and repair themselves, resulting in a pregnancy.

In some women, new fallopian tube pathways can form and grow together, which can also result in a pregnancy. For these reasons, tubal ligation should be carefully considered. If you are thinking of having a ligation procedure done, carefully weigh the pros and cons, and speak at length with your doctor.

What to remember

An important thing to remember when you are considering a tubal ligation is that the procedure might not take effect right away. In some cases, your doctor might want to do a special procedure called a hysteropsalpingogram, which is an xray that can make sure that the tubes are completely blocked. If there is any chance that you might be pregnant at the time of the tubal ligation, you should obviously not go through with the procedure, since this can be very dangerous.

Another important thing to remember if you have a tubal ligation done is that there is a chance that if you get pregnant after having the procedure done, that the pregnancy will be an ectopic one. This is the reason that it is very important to see your doctor immediately if you think you might be pregnant.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).