Many women undergo sterilization only to regret their decision a short time later. If you’ve had a tubal ligation or had implants inserted, you may be wondering whether or not a reversal of female sterilization would make it possible for you to conceive again. While surgery to reverse female sterilization cannot be guaranteed, some women will naturally have better odds than others will of success.
The ideal candidate for reversal surgery is a woman who:
- Is age 40 or under
- Ovulates regularly
- Is in generally good health
- Has only small sections of her tubes damaged by previous surgery
- Involved with a partner who is also fertile
- Had a tubal ligation or other sterilization surgery less than 10 years ago
Generally speaking, women who have had their tubes clipped, ringed or tied are better candidates for reversal surgery than those who have undergone undergone electrocoagulation, which involves burning the ends of the Fallopian tubes so that scar tissue develops and an egg cannot pass through them.
Before having this surgery, you’ll undergo a thorough exam that will include a series of laboratory tests and filling out a complete medical history. Your physician may also want to perform a diagnostic laparoscopy before scheduling a sterilization reversal. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia, and involves using a tiny video camera to inspect the condition of your tubes. A diagnostic laparoscopy is normally done as an outpatient procedure, and you are typically free to leave as soon as the effects of the anesthesia wear off.
Choosing to have a sterilization reversal is a life-changing decision. Here at the Female Sterilisation Reversal Clinic, Dr. Clive Pickles can help you determine whether you would be a good candidate for this surgery in addition to helping you weigh the pros and cons of this procedure. You’ll never know unless you take the first step and contact us today.