Pregnancy after Female Sterilization

on Feb 07, 2013

by Alyssia Granger

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Pregnancy after Female Sterilization

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

Sterilization costs

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.

Getting pregnant again

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 reversal

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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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

  • Patience

    ok havent had a perios sincr september 6th. Went to the doctor novemeber
    and had blood work negative for pregnancy she percribed me provera and I
    bleed for a few days but not actual period. It juat cramped alot. Im
    srill late amd have been trying to get regnant for a year. Qhat do I do
    next how can I increasemt odds of getting pregnant I have unprotected
    sex qith my huaband atleaat twice a week amd every day im suposse to
    ovulaye but I havent had a period in almoat 4 momtgs idk qhat to do scared Iay nwve be able to have a family ofy own

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Each couple’s chances of conception may greatly vary, and may be influenced by a number of factors. Since you have been missing your menstrual cycles, I do recommend that you start taking fertility medications to help regulate your cycles and normalize your hormones. It is also best that you go and see your ObGyn for a check-up in order for you to determine your chances of getting pregnant, and if you have any underlying infertility issues.

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  • jt

    hi just wondered if you got an answer i have the same problem now ? tia

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