Regret getting your tubes tied? Looking for options for getting pregnant after tubal ligation?
Tubal ligation for women is a common procedure. Vasectomy for men is also a common procedure but not as common as tubal ligation. Unfortunately, rightly or wrongly, the burden of permanent birth control often falls on the shoulder of women.
Often the decision to get your tubes tied is made during a very stressful time…immediately after the birth of your child or during the first several months after birth while taking care of your newborn and other family members. Sometimes tubal ligation decisions are made long after the birth of a child as a result of separation, divorce, death of a loved one, or because of serious medical problems.
With the passage of time…those stresses and medical problems don’t seem as great or pressing as they did when you were in the midst of struggling with those situations.
More information: Reasons for tubal ligation regret
Many of these women will regret their decision to have a tubal ligation. Studies have shown as many as 1 out of 3 women will regret getting their tubes tied. Tubal regret is higher among women who have tubal ligation under the age of 30, who have less than three children, and those who make the decision while in a bad relationship or difficult situation.
If your tubes are tied and you regret your decision then you only have two options for getting pregnant after tubal ligation.
Options For Getting Pregnant After Tubal Ligation
If you want another child after having a tubal you can always adopt a child in need. Adoption is not easy and not guaranteed. Adoption can cost in excess of $30,000 if done correctly.
If you want to have a child of your own… one that is genetically similar to you and your partner… then you really only have two options to get pregnant after tubal ligation:
- In vitro fertilization
- Tubal reversal surgery
Both of the above options can provide you a chance to grow your family.
First Option: In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
In vitro fertilization (IVF) is a medical treatment that bypasses the fallopian tubes. You do not need fallopian tubes to have IVF…all you need are your ovaries, your uterus, and your partner’s sperm.
In-vitro fertilization is a process. It is neither quick nor always successful….but it can work and it can provide you an alternative treatment to reversal surgery.
IVF involves seeing a doctor and receiving injections of hormonal medications. The doctor will show you how to self-administer the hormonal injections at home. These hormonal injections are given over several weeks. The hormonal medications cause the woman’s ovaries to produce many eggs (hopefully).
Hormonal levels are monitored every several days and the ovaries and egg development are monitored with a vaginal ultrasound. When the maximal number of eggs have developed, the eggs are removed from the woman’s body with a needle…this is a needle aspiration procedure.
Once the eggs are removed, the male partner will provide a semen sample to fertilize the eggs. The eggs are fertilized outside the body (hopefully) in an incubator and after fertilization the eggs are inserted inside the woman’s uterus. Hopefully some of the eggs will implant and you will be pregnant.
IVF: A Hope And Numbers Game
At the start of IVF treatment, you hope to have your ovaries develop a large number of eggs.
You hope you can harvest enough eggs to start an IVF cycle. You hope enough eggs fertilize and start growing. You hope to end up with enough healthy growing eggs that can be put in the uterus. You hope at least one egg…perhaps two eggs…but not three, four, or five can attach.
You hope that those eggs that attach and start growing don’t miscarry.
IVF costs approximately $14,000 for each treatment. The cost is mostly determined by how much hormonal medication is needed to get you through an IVF cycle with a good number of eggs produced. Some women do not need much hormone to stimulate their ovaries…other women may need a huge amount. A few women’s ovaries will not respond at all to the hormonal medications. The more hormonal medications you have to inject then the higher the cost will be for your IVF treatment.
Approximately and 1 out 3 women will become pregnant with each treatment. IVF is safe but the main risks are exposure to hormonal medication and having multiple gestation (twins or more). The main advantage of IVF is it allows women to avoid tubal reversal surgery.
On average, approximately 1 out of every 3 IVF cycles attempted will result in pregnancy…or to put it another way, your chance of IVF success is approximately 30% to 40% for each IVF cycle attempted.
IVF success decreases with age. If you are over the age of 42 the IVF doctor will only do IVF if you use donor eggs from another, younger, woman. This will increase the cost of IVF by approximately $5,000.
More information: IVF: A simple explanation
Although getting pregnant after tubal ligation can be expensive, tubal reversal surgery can often be more successful and more affordable than IVF.
Second Option: Tubal Reversal Surgery
Tubal ligation is intended to be permanent but tubal ligation does not have to be permanent. It is possible to become pregnant after tubal ligation….if you have tubal ligation reversal surgery.
Tubal ligation reversal surgery is a procedure to remove tubal blockage and rejoin the healthy portions of the fallopian tube.
If performed by an experienced doctor who specializes exclusively in tubal reversal, you can have tubal reversal surgery performed as a same day surgery without needing an overnight hospital stay.
Dr. Monteith is the Medical Director of A Personal Choice Tubal Reversal Center, which is located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Under his care, tubal reversal surgery is offered to patients as a 3 day package.
Women interested can send their tubal ligation records to Dr Monteith for a free review. Patients schedule over the phone and travel to Raleigh for reversal surgery. The consultation is the first day, the surgery is the second day, and the postoperative visit is the third day.
Dr. Monteith can offer patients affordable outpatient tubal reversal surgery for half the cost of a single cycle of in-vitro fertilization.
Approximately 2 out of every 3 women who have reversal surgery will become pregnant… or approximately 60% of patients.
The 3 day package price covers the entire cost of the surgery. Patients are only responsible for the cost of prescription pain medications, travel, food, and lodging during their stay in Raleigh, North Carolina.
More information: Cost of tubal reversal surgery with Dr Monteith
Although reversing tubes requires a surgical procedure, the risks of reversing tubes are low. The main risk of tubal reversal surgery is having a pregnancy in your tubes (ectopic pregnancy).
The main advantage of tubal reversal surgery is you can become pregnant more than once, without medications or a doctor’s treatment, and you can have more than one child.
Reversal surgery also allows you to treat the guilt you may have experienced since having a tubal ligation procedure.
Options For Getting Pregnant After Tubal Ligation: Tubal reversal or IVF?
The best treatment for getting pregnant after tubal ligation will depend on many factors: time, money, and number of children desired. Both IVF and tubal reversal can provide success.
If you have a lot of money, want to avoid surgery, and only want one child then IVF may be your best option for getting pregnant after tubal ligation.
If money is more of an issue, you want to avoid hormonal medications, you want a chance to become pregnant each month without a doctor’s help, or you want the chance to have more than one child….then outpatient tubal reversal surgery with Dr Monteith would be a great option for you to consider.
If you have guilt/regret about your tubal ligation then tubal reversal will help you with that regret and IVF will not.
If you are over the age of 42 then you should be aware IVF success decreases drastically with age. Most IVF providers will not perform IVF in women over the age of 42 with their own eggs. They will require women over the age of 42 to have IVF with donor eggs.
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Best Option For Getting Pregnant After Tubal Ligation?
You should also be aware the best option for getting pregnant after tubal ligation is the option that works. The one that puts that baby in your arms.
No fertility treatment is guaranteed. There are women who spend a fortune on IVF only to have to resort to tubal reversal to obtain pregnancy success. There are also those who go through the reversal surgery process only to have a failed reversal. These women will have to fall back on IVF treatment to get pregnant.
In general, tubal reversal surgery can be more affordable and more successful over time. Women who have success with tubal reversal surgery can often have more than one baby. IVF can often provide quicker pregnancy results but will be more costly and may require more than one treatment.
If you would like more information on how to get started with tubal reversal surgery with doctor Monteith then you should follow these 9 simple steps: Getting Started With Tubal Reversal Surgery With Dr Monteith
Dr. Monteith is a tubal reversal specialist in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Monteith provides outpatient affordable tubal reversal surgery and has helped many women become pregnant after they have had their tubes tied.