Talking to Your Doctor About a Tubal Ligation Reversal

By: Sandra Wilson

Many, many women in the US decide every year that they are finished having children or do not want children in the first place. Most often they will decide to have their tubes tied through a tubal ligation surgery. However, within five years about six percent of those women who have undergone the surgery will decide they do want a child after all for whatever reason, but most often due to a partner change. These women then look at having a tubal ligation reversal done so they will have that child or children they now want.

But a new desire for a child or change of heart is not always the reason for wanting to undo what has been done. Some women who have had the tubal ligation may be experiencing post tubal ligation syndrome effects. Any number of health concerns could be traced back to the original surgery.

For some women they find that they start to suffer from the symptoms associated with the menopause much earlier than expected. Also for quite a few, they find that their libido and sex drive is almost non existent and they find that the symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome become what worse. There are even cases where the woman will suffer from hot or cold flashes along with trouble sleeping and their moods can be somewhat erratic.

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.

You can realize from what we have written so far that your potential doctor for the tubal ligation reversal will need to review your medical record for the original procedure. Armed with this information, it is time for your doctor to discuss the probabilities of success in your case and how you should proceed.

Generally a doctor or surgeon will spend time with their patient discussing the pros and cons and weighing up their particular options before the surgery is carried out. Many women may find that they have reached a certain age or there is too much damage been caused to their fallopian tubes by the initial surgery that the tubal ligation reversal not a viable option for them.

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