Most women will know the answer but not the exact reason why.
Many women who have their tubes tied will often regret this decision. Most of these women will not do anything about this regret and will continue on with their lives. After time some will decide to have their tubes untied through tubal ligation reversal surgery.
The time since having your tubes tied can be very important and can affect the chances of getting pregnant after tubal reversal.
Is The Length Of Time After Tubal Ligation Important?
Many women with tubal ligations will ask is the time since their tubal ligation important? The answer is yes; however, not for the reasons they may think.
The length of time since the tubal ligation is important, but many women have the mistaken belief that the tubes will shrink, dissolve, or be damaged the longer they have been tied. This belief is mistaken. The fallopian tubes will often be perfectly healthy and will be in the exact same condition they were in after the healing from the tubal ligation surgery has taken place.
The length of time since the tubal ligation has no impact on the health of the fallopian tubes but with increasing age conception may be harder to obtain.
Time Between Tubal Ligation And Reversal
The time since having tied tubes can affect your chances of getting pregnant, but this is mostly due to the increased age of the women and the increased age of the eggs. With increasing age the ability to become pregnant does decrease. Many women mistakenly believe they have a low chance of getting pregnant after the age of 35.
The ability to become pregnant does decrease slightly after the age of 30 and there is a dramatic decline in fertility after the age of40.
The likelihood of pregnancy and infertility depend heavily on maternal age
Referring to the graph above. Fertility is very dependent upon the age of the woman. Prior to the age of 40, the likelihood of becoming pregnant is high, but after 40 the likelihood of pregnancy starts to decline more rapidly and the likelihood of infertility begins to rise more rapidly. After the age of 44, the likelihood of becoming pregnant is less than 5% and the likelihood of infertility is around 70%.
What Are My Chances Of Pregnancy After Tubal Reversal?
The tubal reversal doctors of Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center maintain extensive statistics on the chances of pregnancy after tubal ligation reversal. For most women the chances of pregnancy will be very good and comparable if not superior to in-vitro fertilization. Age does have a significant impact on the chances of pregnancy with tubal ligation reversal and also with in-vitro fertilization.
Between the age of 35-40, approximately 73% of patients who have tubal reversal surgery at Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center will become pregnant. After the age of 40, approximately 30% of patients who have tubal ligation reversal will become pregnant. Most of these patients are between the ages of 40 and 43. After the age of 43 the chances are decreased.
Am I Too Old To Have Tubes Untied?
At Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center, we believe every patient has the ability to make their own decisions regarding their health and fertility. We would never deny a patient the ability to choose tubal ligation reversal solely based on her age. We believe if you are not having periods then you are not a candidate for tubal reversal. If menstruation is occurring then pregnancy is always possible.
We do want patients to know that time is very critical and the decision to have a tubal reversal should not be put off indefinitely.
If you are considering a tubal ligation reversal and seriously want to become pregnant, then we do ask you to please not delay the decision for a long time. This is true with either tubal reversal surgery or with in-vitro fertilization.
Understandably, life can be complicated with many obstacles and hurdles, but if pregnancy is truly desired then we encourage you to pursue this effort at your earliest convenience.