A tubal ligation reversal may allow a woman who had a tubal ligation to get pregnant without further medical assistance. There are many reasons why a woman might want to reverse a tubal ligation, and each is unique to the individual. Your reason for desiring a return to fertility won't be a part of the decision about whether or not the procedure is done.

A tubal ligation reversal isn't appropriate for everyone. Your health care provider will consider several factors to determine if tubal ligation reversal is likely to be successful, such as:

  • Your age and body mass index
  • The type of tubal ligation
  • The extent of the damage to your fallopian tubes
  • Remaining tubal length
  • Other fertility factors, such as sperm and egg quality

A tubal ligation reversal is more likely to be successful if there is still a large proportion of healthy tube. If your fallopian tubes were originally blocked by clips or rings, the tubal ligation reversal is more likely to be successful than if segments of your fallopian tubes were burned in order to close them off (electrocautery). Some types of sterilization, such as the Essure system, are not considered reversible.

Jan. 31, 2015