Treatments & Options - Reversals - Resources

In this section, Resources for Reversals, we share some helpful hints about how to possibly boost your chances of pregnancy success following a tubal reversal or a vasectomy reversal.

Tips for tubal reversals

  1. 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.
  2. If your sterilization was done near the site where the tube joins the uterus, the chances for success with tubal reversal are less. Sterilization toward the end of the tube where the tube is larger and more delicate is less successful.
  3. Sterilization performed by removal of the end of the tube is not reversible. 
  4. 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:

  1. Your partner’s sperm count
  2. The number and health of your eggs
  3. Your reproductive health; i.e. absence of disorders like endometriosis

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.

Tips for vasectomy reversals

  1. Before your partner opts for a vasectomy reversal, you both should talk with the doctor about your health, your fertility risk factors, and the odds of conceiving. Your age and reproductive health play a major role in whether you can conceive after your partner’s vasectomy reversal.
  2. To boost the chance of conceiving, make sure the urologist is both knowledgeable and experienced in performing vasectomy reversals.
  3. Most couples take about a year to get pregnant after a vasectomy reversal. Although a few couples conceive after several months, others take several years to conceive and bring home a baby
  4. Vasectomy reversal success rates are higher in couples that have already achieved a healthy pregnancy together.
  5. Time is an important factor. When the reversal is done closer to the time of the original vasectomy, the vasectomy reversal success rates are higher. Some research shows that men undergoing vasectomy reversal 15 years or more after a vasectomy will have a lower chance of success than men who do it earlier.

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