Tubal ligation is the process of having your “tubes tied.” A tubal ligation reversal (or “tubal reversal”) reconnects or reopens the fallopian tubes. More than 650,000 women have tubal ligation surgery per year and about 6 percent of women decide to have this surgery reversed within five years. Tubal reversal may allow women to once again become pregnant naturally.
If you have had a tubal ligation procedure and are now longing for another child, you may consider tubal ligation reversal, or tubal repair.
Tubal ligation reversal is a reproductive surgery that repairs the fallopian tubes to allow a patient the chance to conceive with timed intercourse or intrauterine insemination (IUI). The procedure can be highly effective, but in some cases in vitro fertilization (IVF) is recommended.
A tubal ligation, or tubectomy, is a laparoscopic surgery in which a woman’s fallopian tubes are surgically altered to prevent an ovulated egg from reaching the uterus for fertilization. Typically, couples who feel their family is complete and no longer wish to conceive without assistance will opt for a tubal ligation for the female or vasectomy for the male. Tubal ligation is commonly referred to as “having one’s tubes tied”.
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Women who would like to have a baby, but have had their tubes tied can undergo tubal reversal at IVF New Jersey. Dr. Michael Darder explains how tubal reversal is an alternative to in vitro fertilization.
The female reproductive system includes two fallopian tubes, one on each side of the uterus. When the ovary releases an egg, finger-like projections at the flared end of the tube catch the egg. It is there, in the tube, that conception occurs if the egg meets sperm and becomes fertilized. Tiny hairs inside the tube’s lining push the resulting embryo (fertilized egg) out of the tube and into the uterus where it implants and grows.
Tubal disease, a disorder in which the tubes are blocked or damaged, is responsible for approximately 25 percent to 35 percent of all female factor infertility. Tubal factor infertility is defined as any anatomic abnormality that prevents the sperm and egg from uniting.
It is possible to become pregnant even if you have problems with your fallopian tubes. Surgery can help by removing a blockage, reconstructing the damaged end of a tube, or removing scar tissue. IVF is another way of trying to become pregnant. It doesn’t repair the tubes but bypasses them to help you conceive.