In Vitro Fertilization Vs. Tubal Reversal

In Vitro Fertilization Vs. Tubal Reversal

So, you had a tubal ligation done, but now you are thinking about having another baby? Don’t worry, it happens to many women. There are many reasons that a woman might decide that she does want another baby after already opting to have a tubal ligation done. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

However, is it better to have a tubal reversal done and try to get pregnant on your own, or should you just opt for IVF instead? Today we are going to try to help you make that decision, by informing you about the two options. Read on for more info.

Tubal Reversals

Tubal reversals are the surgical procedure that is done to reverse a tubal ligation. In laymen’s terms, a tubal reversal is simply “having your tubes untied”. However, tubal reversals are not always that simple. In all actuality, sometimes the tubal reversal surgery is more invasive and painful than the tubal reversal itself was. Tubal reversals also often require a much larger scar than tubal ligations. The recovery time for tubal reversal is also significantly longer than the recovery time for tubal ligations.

Quality of partner’s sperm

The quality of the male partner’s sperm is also taken into consideration when considering tubal reversal. If the male has good quality sperm, then a tubal reversal might be a good option to consider. However, if there is a problem with sperm quality, IVF might be the better option to consider.

Something else to consider is exactly how much of the tubes remain after the tubal ligation. The rule of thumb is that the longer the two tubal “stumps” are, the greater the chance of getting pregnant. However, the bad thing is that their is really no way to tell how long the remaining tubes are without having surgery done.


In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) can be a good choice for women who do not have very much tubal tissue remaining. This is because during IVF, the egg does not have to travel through the tubes at all. If a woman chooses IVF over tubal reversal, she will not have to go through the surgery and recovery time that accompanies tubal reversal.

However, IVF requires that a woman take medication to stimulate her ovaries, and there is also sometimes a high risk of multiple birth associated with IVF. However, if a woman has significant scar tissue damage on her tubal or ovarian areas, IVF can be the better choice.

Couples also can not ignore the costs associated with both procedures. IVF is significantly more expensive, ranging around $15,000-$20,000 per cycle, while tubal reversal procedures often run around $10,000 or under. IVF does also bring with it the added side effect of the greater possibility of getting pregnant with twins or multiples.

All of these things should be taken into consideration when weighing the options between IVF and tubal reversal. It is a tough decision that should be handled with care.

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Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).