Women who have blocked fallopian tubes from tubal ligation or from other conditions have two treatment choices: corrective tubal surgery or in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Both of these treatments can be effective for infertility.
Tubal ligation reversal surgery can provide women with multiple chances to become pregnant without the need for additional treatments. The leading group of infertility specialists, The American Society For Reproductive Medicine, has consistently supported tubal surgery as a treatment for tubal ligation and tubal blockage.1
Can reversal surgery be successful?
We collected data on the success of tubal reversal surgery performed at our practice from July 2000 to December 2011.2 Over 9,935 surgeries were performed during this time period and information regarding the type of tubal ligation, patient age, and pregnancy success was collected on each surgery.
Pregnancy outcomes after tubal reversal at A Personal Choice
Chances of pregnancy after tubal reversal
Our data suggest most women will become pregnant after tubal reversal surgery. Most women reported pregnancy during the study: 67% of women reported becoming pregnant and 33% of women did not report becoming pregnant.
Of the women who reported pregnancy during the study, 34% reported live births, 23% reported pregnancy miscarriage, and 10% reported ectopic pregnancy.
IVF pregnancy success rates
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) annually monitors the success of IVF across the United States and is considered to be an unbiased source for statistics regarding assisted reproductive technology (ART). The CDC publishes a report yearly on the success of IVF in the United States.3
Pregnancy outcomes after in-vitro fertilization in United States
Chances of pregnancy with IVF
The CDC data suggests most women will not become pregnant with a single cycle of IVF. After a single cycle of IVF, 36% of women will become pregnant and 67% will not become pregnant.
Of the women who become pregnant, 23% will have a singleton pregnancy, 11% will experience a multiple gestation pregnancy, and 2% will have pregnancy of an undetermined number.
A single cycle of IVF in the United States costs from $12,000 to $14,000.
1. Committee opinion: role of tubal surgery in the era of assisted reproductive technology. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Fertility Sterility 2012;97:539-45.
2. Tubal Reversal Pregnancy Study: A Decade of Observation. A Personal Choice website.
3. 2011 Assisted Reproductive Technology Report. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2010 National Report.