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Tubal Reversal Pregnancy Study
A Decade of Observation

Our Tubal Reversal Success Rates

Our tubal reversal study was conducted over the course of a decade from July 2000 through December 2011. There were 9,935 women having tubal ligation reversal at our practice. We studied the chances of pregnancy after tubal ligation reversal based upon the patient’s age, type of tubal ligation, and the length of their fallopian tubes after repair. The following tables show the total number of patients studied and both the pregnancy numbers and percentages for women of different ages and types of tubal ligation.

Pregnancies By Age

We observed younger women were more likely than older women to become pregnant after tubal reversal.

The pregnancy rates after tubal reversal surgery were 81% for women under 30; 75% for women 30-34; 65% for those 35-39; and 34% for women 40 years of age and older at the time of their tubal reversal procedures (Table 3).

Table 3. Pregnancies by Age

Age Total Cases Pregnant (Number) Pregnant (Percent)
<30 1388 1128 81%
30-34 3758 2823 75%
35-39 3483 2262 65%
40+ 1306 443 34%

Pregnancies By Tubal Ligation Method

Reversal of tubal clip procedures had the highest pregnancy percentage (78%), followed by tubal rings (76%), ligation/resection and coagulation (66% each). Women who had other or unknown methods of tubal ligation were least likely to get pregnant after their reversal procedures (52%).

Regardless of the method of tubal sterilization, women were able to become pregnant after reversal of all methods of tubal ligation (Table 4).

Table 4. Pregnancies by Tubal Ligation Method

Method Total Cases Pregnant (Number) Pregnant (Percent)
Clips 850 660 78%
Rings 1416 1070 76%
Ligation/Resection 3971 2616 66%
Coagulation 2849 1872 66%
Essure 68 24 35%
Other/unknown 849 438 52%

Pregnancies By Age And Method

Pregnancy percentages taking into account both age and tubal ligation methods are shown in Table 5. Women under 30 with tubal clips had the highest chance of pregnancy (90%) after sterilization reversal.

When comparing age and type of tubal ligation, a patient’s age was more predictive of pregnancy than tubal ligation method.

Table 5. Pregnancies by Age and Tubal Ligation Method

Age Clip Ring Coagulation Ligation/Resection
<30 69/77 (90%) 137/163 (84%) 190/244 (78%) 192/248 (77%)
30-34 114/139 (82%) 227/299 (76%) 461/620 (74%) 517/744 (70%)
35-39 110/151 (73%) 210/303 (69%) 353/554 (64%) 421/681 (62%)
40+ 13/42 (31%) 40/88 (46%) 49/187 (26%) 77/250 (31%)

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  1. Shannon says:

    I am 37 and have a regular period I have 5 kids already but I have remarried and would like to have a child with my husband I had the Irving tubal ligation is it possible to have it undone

    1. Dr. Monteith says:

      The Irving tubal ligation is a method we can reverse. We have done this successfully before. You should send us your tubal ligation operative and pathology reports for review and we can let you know if you are a candidate for tubal reversal surgery.

      We should be able to help you. We can reverse most tubal ligation procedures.

      You should send us your tubal ligation reports for a free review and we can let you know if you are a candidate for reversal surgery.

      We charge $6400 total plus $125 to schedule and we are located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Patients pay in full and out-of-pocket at the time of scheduling. All you have to pay for in addition to the surgical fee is the cost of travel, hotel, and food.

      On average the chance of pregnancy after tubal ligation reversal is about 60% if you are under age 42.

      We do have a prepayment tubal reversal plan that allows you to save towards your reversal over a 3 year period.

      Although $6,400 seems expensive…the alternative treatment in-vitro fertilization (IVF) average $12,000 to $14,000 and is about 40% successful!

      The main advantage to tubal reversal is that every month you have a chance and you can become pregnant more than once.

      The following link will answer most of your questions about reversal. This is the MOST HELPFUL INFORMATION to read when considering reversal at our office. Each question has a link to more information about the question: Frequently asked questions about tubal reversal

      Call us at (919) 977-5050 8am to 5pm eastern standard time and we would be happy to speak with you about tubal reversal at our facility.

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