Female Sterilization And Tubal Ligation Reversal

Female Sterilization And Tubal Ligation Reversal

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Female sterilization is a popular birth control method for women who would not like to have children in the future. There are different types of procedures that can be performed for sterilization in the female body, with tubal ligation being a particularly popular option. Over 650,000 such procedures are performed in the United States on an annual basis1. It has also been found, however, that as many as 30% of women who undergo a tubal ligation procedure will regret their decision later on – and 1% of all women who have undergone the procedure will opt for tubal ligation reversal at a later date.

How Tubal Ligation is performed?

Tubal ligation is a process where the fallopian tubes are either blocked with a certain instrument or cut. The goal of this procedure is to prevent sperm from meeting an egg during sexual intercourse, which helps to avoid pregnancy. With a tubal ligation reversal procedure, doctors will remove the block or reattached the parts of the fallopian tubes that were cut during the initial procedure.

Candidate Selection For Tubal Ligation Reversal

Not every woman who has undergone tubal ligation will be a good candidate for the reversal process, as there are certain risks and other factors that a surgeon will have to take into account prior to determining if they can perform this surgery on a particular female patient.

Some of the factors that are taken into account by the surgeon before they are able to determine if a particular patient would be a good candidate for tubal ligation reversal include:

  • The amount of undamaged tissue left in the fallopian tube
  • The patient’s age
  • The patient’s weight
  • The patient’s current fertility status
  • The specific type of sterilization (tubal ligation) procedure that was initially conducted

The Cost Of Tubal Ligation Reversal

Reversal of tubal ligation procedures tend to be costly, and the majority of medical insurance programs will not cover these costs. The average cost is around $8,685 in the United States, but costs can sometimes be as high as $21,000, depending on additional tests that need to be performed, as well as the specific type of procedure that the surgeon will have to utilize.

How Tubal Ligation Reversal Surgery Works

In the majority of cases, small incisions will e made in the abdominal region of the female patient’s body. A camera will be placed into one incision and multiple small instruments in the other incisions. The surgeon will then carefully removed damaged regions of the fallopian tubes and then reattach the fallopian tubes to provide a passageway for the egg and sperm to meet up.

Conclusion

Tubal ligation reversal is a procedure used by approximately 1% of women who had a tubal ligation procedure done in the past. While the procedure can help to improve the chances of pregnancy after female sterilization, there are certain risks involved, and there is also no guarantee that the woman will be able to become pregnant after undergoing a reversal procedure.