Getting Pregnant After A Tubal Ligation

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Pregnancy Possibilities After Tubal Ligation

When a woman makes the decision to have a tubal ligation to prevent any future pregnancies, it typically is not an easy decision to make. Making that final determination about how large a family will be can be very difficult for many women who aren’t sure whether or not they are making the right choice. Because this happens sometimes, many women start wondering about whether pregnancy is possible after tubal ligation. The answer is a resounding yes!

You might be very surprised to know that there are actually two options for women who would like to get pregnant after having their tubes tied. The first, and probably most well known, procedure is called in vitro fertilization. Commonly called IVF, this procedure is quite expensive. It can cost upwards of ,000 per cycle attempted. Because each cycle only has about a 35% chance of success, women can find themselves spending an exorbitant amount of money without any promises of a pregnancy.

The reason why so many women pursue IVF is because their doctors mistakenly inform them that it is their only option to get pregnant after tubal ligation. In fact, there is a much easier and less expensive procedure that gives a permanent benefit. This procedure is called a tubal ligation reversal, and it is typically done on an outpatient basis in less than an hour.

The surgery is very simple in that it reattaches the fallopian tubes. Of course, the doctor will have to be an expert in the procedure in order to give it the best chances of success. In addition, the physician needs to thoroughly evaluate the patient to see if she is a good candidate for the procedure. When done properly on the right kind of patient, the surgery has about a 70% chance of success.

For those women who are wondering if pregnancy is possible after tubal ligation, there is a lot of hope to be had. After finding a suitable surgeon to handle the procedure, a woman should have high hopes for a future pregnancy.

For those women wondering about pregnancy after tubal ligation, it is very important to do your research. Check with specialists like the doctors at the Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center. Their website,, provides a wealth of information, success stories and research to assist a woman in making the right decision for her. For more info, check our their website at Tubal Reversal Surgery.

About the author: DeAnn Norton is a health writer and reporter.


Frequently Asked Questions

    What are the chances of getting pregnant after tubal ligation banding?
    I had tubal ligation banding almost 5 years ago and my period has been somewhat on time every month since. However, this month, I’m over two weeks late and I am having pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, and heartburn. I can’t bring myself to buy a test because I feel there is no way I can be pregnant, but I’m starting to wonder. So, what are my chances of getting pregnant after tubal ligation banding?

    • ANSWER:
      In that case, the more time goes by, the higher the chance of getting pregnant gets. Just take a test, what’s the worst that could happen?

    What are the chances of getting pregnant after a tubal ligation?
    I had a tubal ligation about 2 years ago. Now I am getting the classic pregnancy symptoms along with a 4 day late period. I have taken about 7 home pegnancy tests (all of varied brands) and they have all come out negative. I am going to wait a few days longer before I go to the docs, but I’m wondering if anyone else has ever had these symptoms after a tubal and not been pregnant? I’m not stressed and I haven’t lost or gained any signifigant amount of weight to make my period irregular, in fact my period has never been irregular. I am going to the docs in a few days, but I am curious, thanks!
    I’m definetely not underweight in fact I’m a little overweight

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    • ANSWER:
      It is not unheard of to be pregnant after a tubal. If you are, then an ectopic pregnancy is considered an emergency,.

    Does anyone know the chances of becomming pregnant after tubal ligation?
    I had tubal ligation one year ago. We have three boys and the youngest is almost 14 months. I feel pregnant. I am 12 days late and today I felt quesy and faint. I told my husband I’m going to pick up a pregnancy test just to be sure and he flipped out saying you better not be pregnant or we are suing the doctor. I know I have to just go out and buy the test and do it but I’m feeling really panicked. Has anyone ever gotten pregnant after a tubal? Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      My mom did. She had a tubal done in 1977, after she gave birth to my two younger sisters. About 5 years later, they had grown back together, and she had another girl. The doc asked her if she wanted another tubal. She said no, maybe she’d like to have one more child. She did, then she got a tubal again in 1983. Well, lo and behold in 1992 she’s pregnant with twin boys. After they are born, the doc says, do you want to get another tubal. My mom said F-IT. It doesn’t work. She went on to have one more set of twins, and was pregnant with another little girl the same time I was PG the first time. Sadly, that baby was lost.

      So, to set your mind at ease, though, I had a cycle like that recently. (I had a tubal almost 3 years ago) I was about 2 weeks late, and I finally started. But then the next one came normally. Take a test and if it’s negative (which I’m willing to bet it will be) don’t worry. Funny thing about it, my friend was late at the same cycle as me, she was about 16 days late when she started.

      BTW, your husband should know that you can’t sue the doc. You signed a paper stating that tubal ligation is NOT 100%. :)

    Getting pregnant after tubal ligation?
    I had my tubes tied after I had my third child. I had three emergency C-sections all for different reasons and delivered my last baby at 35 weeks. The doc suggested a tubal ligation to avoid any future problems so we did it but I just feel like someone is missing from our family. It has been three years and I still can’t shake the feeling. I was wondering if anyone had experience with getting pregnant after a tubal ligation and how they did it (tubal reversal or in vitro fertilization)? We are also looking at adopting, so if you have any experience there that would be great! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      My mom had her tubes tied after she had my older brother. He was 7 when she found out she was pregnant with me. Of course, that was back in the early 80’s, so tubal ligation procedures have probably become more airtight since then. You can always see if you can get a reversal, which I have heard are expensive, but if you want another child then it would probably be worth it. Good luck!

    getting pregnant after tubal ligation?
    I had my tubes tided for almost 10 yrs now. Doctors say it may lose its affectiveness? has anyone got pregnant after a tubal? I want a baby but can’t see myself paying over 3000 for a reversal that may not work.

    • ANSWER:
      If you just had your tubes tied then there is always a slight chance that you cannot become pregnant again because the clamps can loosen over time.

      If you had your tubes cut and then tied then there is 100% guarantee that you will never become pregnant again.

      This was explained to me when I had a tubal ligation 11 years ago so I chose to have mine cut and tied.

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