For many who have undergone sterilisation, the desire to become pregnant lingers. It is common for a woman’s circumstances to change, and she may once again feel it may be time to have a child. Happily for these individuals, pregnancy after sterilisation is not only plausible, but possible.
IVF vs. Sterilisation for Pregnancy
In order to once again conceive after sterilisation, a woman has two choices, In Vitro Fertilisation, or female sterilisation reversal. The process of IVF first came to light in the late 1970s for couples having trouble conceiving a child naturally.
The Process and Success Rates of IVF
The process of IVF takes from 4 to 6 weeks to complete. and costs approximately £5,000. The most common procedure involves the women taking fertilisation drugs over a period of 14 days. This makes the ovaries produce multiple eggs. When the eggs can be harvested, the doctor makes an incision in the abdomen to access the eggs. This process is not always successful and the woman may have to undergo laparoscopic surgery in order for doctors to properly harvest and inseminate the egg(s). The embryo is then fertilised and re-implanted in the uterus.
Besides the length of time and exorbitant costs of IVF, serious complications can arise. These can include, but are not limited to ovarian hyper-stimulation, adverse reaction to fertility drugs, and extensive emotional and physical strain on the expectant mother.
IVF Success Rates
- 33.1% for women under 35 years of age
- 27.7% for women aged 35-37
- 19.3% for women aged 38-39
- 12.5% for women aged 40-42
- 4.9% for women aged 43-44
- 2.5% for women aged over 44
The Process and Success Rates of Female Sterilisation Reversal
In comparison the process of female sterilisation is mush less invasive than that of IVF. Mr. Pickles’s method takes less than a few hours, uses local anesthetic, and only involves a relatively small incision in the woman’s abdomen. Once Mr. Pickles has made the incision, he simply reattaches the Filopian tubes by removing the band placed there during the sterilisation procedure and stitching the tubes together.
The cost and recovery time of sterilisation reversal is significantly lower than that of IVF.
Sterilisation Reversal Complications
Only minor complications result from sterilisation reversal such as minor bruising in the location of the incision. Mr. Pickles recommends only minor pain medication that can be prescribed by the patient’s primary care physician.
- Women under 30 years old, 80% became pregnant
- Women aged 30-34, 73% became pregnant
- Women aged 35-39, 64% became pregnant
- Women aged over 40, 31 % became pregnant
For more information on Mr. Pickles’s female sterilisation reversal method, please contact the courteous and knowledgeable staff with the Female Sterilisation Clinic.