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How Successful Is Tubal Reversal?

Tubal Reversal Success Rates - San Antonio, TX

Posted on September 25, 2017 — by Joseph E. Martin, M.D., FACOG

Image of the female reproductive systemTubal ligation, more commonly referred to as having the tubes tied, is a great option for women who are not interested in becoming pregnant again. This surgical procedure, which is considered permanent, offers women the ability to prevent pregnancy without relying on other, more inconvenient, birth control methods. However, in life things do not always go as planned, and many women who opt to have their tubes tied later decide that they actually would like to have more children.

Fortunately, tubal reversal can reconnect the fallopian tubes so that women have the chance to conceive naturally. While a tubal reversal is not the best option for all women, tubal reversal success rates are pretty high, giving our San Antonio, TX patients who have undergone tubal ligation a great option for reversing the effects of tubal ligation surgery.

Measuring Tubal Reversal Success

During tubal reversal surgery, our specialists reconnect severed fallopian tubes or clear blocked portions of the fallopian tubes. This allows eggs to pass through the fallopian tubes so that sperm have a chance to reach the eggs and fertilize them. During surgery, it will be apparent if the tubes have been reconnected or cleared properly. However, we measure the success of tubal reversal based on whether or not the patient is able to conceive following the reversal procedure.

Success Rates

The success rate of tubal ligation reversal is impacted by a number of factors, including the age of the patient and how much damage the fallopian tubes sustained during the initial tubal ligation procedure. While some patients are more likely to have a successful tubal reversal than others, the average success rate is 70 percent. This means that 70 percent of patients who undergo tubal ligation reversal successfully conceive within two years of their treatment.

Women who are most likely to benefit from a successful tubal reversal are those who are under the age of 35 and have no other fertility issues. If a woman is healthy and within her optimal reproductive window, it is highly likely that tubal reversal will be a success. Although tubal reversal is not guaranteed to be effective, the success rates of this procedure are far higher than many other fertility treatments.


Unfortunately, not all women are ideal candidates for tubal ligation reversal. If the fallopian tubes sustained substantial damage during the initial surgery, reversal is highly unlikely to be a success, so it is best to consider alternative options. IVF, or in vitro fertilization, is a great option for women who wish to become pregnant after having their tubes tied. This treatment involves fertilizing the eggs outside of the body and then implanting the embryo directly into the uterus. Since this process bypasses the fallopian tubes altogether, it is ideal for women who have undergone tubal ligation.

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If you have undergone a tubal ligation and are ready to have another child, there are options to explore. To learn more about tubal reversal and the other fertility treatments available at Fertility Center of San Antonio, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced fertility specialists at your earliest convenience.

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