Tubal Ligation Reversal - Factors That Affect Getting One

 By: Sandra Wilson
Every year in the USA alone 650,000 women will under go tubal ligation surgery, which thus ends their chances of ever having children (or so they thought). However for some of these women their circumstances may change and they have now decided that they do in fact want to have children. In fact around 6% of all women who have had this form of surgery will, within 5 years of having it carried out, decide that they do in fact want to have children. Luckily for them, their chances are greatly increased of having their own baby because they can choose to have tubal ligation reversal surgery carried out on them.

However some women will opt to have tubal ligation reversal surgery not because they want children but rather to help stop the effects they experience and which are commonly referred to as "post tubal ligation syndrome". A woman who suffers from this particular syndrome will suffer from a number of different health problems.

A woman may discover that she is suffering from effects often connected with menopause and that this is happening much earlier than is normal. A woman's libido could be severely deflated with a sex drive that is barely there. Any effects they used to have before a menstrual period could be worsened as well. Some might even have hot or cold flashes, sleeping problems and erratic mood swings.

Unfortunately there are certain factors which would need to be taken into consideration and which will determine whether tubal ligation reversal will be successful for a woman or not. First, the surgeon will need to know what kind of tubal ligation procedure was originally performed on the woman in order to determine if the reversal procedure is actually going to be successful or not.

Secondly a woman's age will need to be taken into consideration when she is thinking about having her tubal ligation procedure reversed. In fact for women over the age of 40, they should actually spend some time discussing the matter with their doctor in order to see what their chances of the procedure succeeding are. Certainly the actual amount of damage that has been caused to a woman's fallopian tubes during the tubal ligation surgery can have a serious effect on whether the reversal procedure will be a success or not.

What the surgeon will look for, to see how high your chances are for success, is an original procedure that only removed a very small piece of your fallopian tubes. Likewise, if the original surgery used clips or rings to facilitate having your tubes tied, that is easier to have undone and more likely to be successful when doing the tubal ligation reversal surgery.

Therefore before a doctor or surgeon can decide and advise you as to whether tubal ligation reversal will be successful for you, they need to have had a review of your medical notes from when the original procedure was carried out. After this review, it is important for the woman to discuss her situation with her doctor or surgeon in order to determine whether she should go for tubal ligation reversal surgery or use IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment.

As the doctor discusses the procedure with you he will talk about the pros and cons to carrying the reversal out. You may just learn that due to age or damage to your tubes that a tubal ligation reversal surgery is just not the best option.
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