Tubal Reversal Success Rates
Did you have a tubal ligation but now want to get pregnant? Then learn more about tubal reversal success rates.
Having a tubal ligation, or “getting your tubes tied”, as it’s commonly called, is a permanent form of birth control or female sterilization. Reversing a tubal ligation is called tubal reversal.
While tubal ligation is a permanent procedure, tubal reversal lets many women get pregnant and have children. In this article you’ll learn more about tubal reversal success rates and how they might impact your family planning.
Tubal reversal success rates
If you are under 35 and in good fertile health, your tubal reversal success rate will likely be high.
Within a year of having a tubal reversal, success rates typically range from about 50 to 80 percent. This number represents the percentage of couples that are able to get pregnant.
With each month of trying to conceive after a tubal reversal, success rates are lower than typical pregnancy rates of women who have not undergone a tubal reversal.
Women under 35
Younger women, especially women under 30, are more likely to have higher tubal reversal success rates. After women hit age 37, the tubal reversal success rates start to decline.
- Women under age 35 have a 70-80 percent chance of getting pregnant within a year after tubal reversal.
- Women over 40 have about a 30 percent chance of getting pregnant the first year after tubal reversal.
What kind of tubal ligation did you have?
If you want to reverse tubal ligation, your tubal reversal success rate will depend on the type of procedure you had.
If your doctor used a Hulka clip or Falope Rings, you may have a higher tubal reversal success rate. When a doctor performs a tubal ligation with clips or rings, it makes it easier to reconnect the tubes during a tubal reversal.
If your tubes were cut or burned during your sterilization procedure, your tubes might be damaged or too short to reconnect. This can lower your tubal reversal success rate.
Other factors that affect tubal reversal success rates include:
- Your partner’s sperm count
- The number and health of your eggs
- Your reproductive health; i.e. absence of disorders like endometriosis
Get a full fertility analysis
You and your partner should make sure you are still producing healthy eggs and sperm before opting for a tubal reversal. If either of you have fertility problems, your tubal reversal success rate may be lower.
Before having a tubal reversal, make sure your partner has a sperm analysis. Also, ask your doctor to assess your reproductive health.
Keep in mind that the risk of ectopic pregnancy is higher for women who get pregnant after a tubal reversal. Discuss this risk with your doctor and how it will impact your health.
Consider IVF for conception
The bottom line is some women have low tubal reversal success rates even if they are in good health. That’s when in vitro fertilization (IVF) becomes a viable option to get pregnant.
If you are over 35, or if you or your partner is struggling with fertility problems, talk to your doctor about IVF to see if this may be a better option for you.Sources
- ASRM: The role of tubal reconstructive surgery in the era of assisted reproductive technologies
- CDC: Surgical Sterilization in the U.S.: Prevalence and Characteristics, 1965-95
- CMAC: Female Sterilization by the Falope Ring Ligation.
- Tubal Ligation Reversal