Trying to Conceive After Getting Your Tubes Tied - Things To Know

Published: 08th February 2010
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Many women opt to have their tubes tied after having what they believe to be their last child. While we all make decisions that we sometimes regret, women who have had a tubal ligation can have this regret based upon changing life circumstances. Now they have a big decision on their hands for trying to conceive.

This is because often their doctor will inform them that the only way to possibly get pregnant after having your tubes tied is by getting in vitro fertilization. In fact, this is not true. There is another procedure that is done by doctors and it is called a tubal reversal surgery. To my knowledge, there is only one facility that specializes in tubal surgery and nothing else. This could go some ways to explaining why IVF is pushed over the surgery. That and the higher cost.

Many doctors do not do this procedure because they have not been trained on it. However, for those doctors who do tubal reversals, the success rate can be up to 70% across all factors. There are many factors that come into play in when deciding whether or not someone will be successful at trying to conceive after tubal reversal surgery. In fact, there many ways that women can improve her odds and chances of having a successful outcome after a tubal reversal.

One important way that a woman can improve her odds of conception and a healthy pregnancy is by taking a multivitamin with at least 400 mcg of folic acid each day. This is important to prepare the body to handle a successful pregnancy. Doing this is like purchasing pregnancy insurance because folic acid reduces the odds of having miscarriage or birth defects.

Another very important point to remember is that you must stop smoking in order to heal properly from the tubal reversal procedure. I would go so far as to say you should do so before even undergoing the surgery. Not only does smoking impact your healing after surgery, but it is important to stop smoking to give the best chances of having a healthy baby and pregnancy. This also applies to drinking alcohol.

Sometimes, women will have a tubal reversal and still be unable to become pregnant. This can be for a variety of reasons including infertility problems on the part of the man and is a good reason for checking him out as part of you doing all you can to improve your chances of trying to conceive.

However, most women will become pregnant within 12 months after having their tubes untied. It can be possible that a woman's tubes are blocked, but doctors specializing in tubal reversal surgery recommend waiting at least one year before having an HSG x-ray to see if the tubes are blocked. This is because women have an 8 to 10% chance each month that they ovulate to become pregnant if all other factors are ideal which just improves your chances when trying to conceive as you go along each month.

Of course the ideal situation would be to learn more about trying to conceive and improving your chances for getting pregnant. You can do so at the Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center website at You can also learn more about tubal reversal at the only facility to specialize in tubal reversal and tubal surgery.

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