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Question: When I had my son 11 years ago I also got my tubes cut. I have heard that after 10 years you could get pregnant again. I wished that I did not get that done because I got divorced and I am with a man and he wants kids. My question is can I get pregnant again and is there anything I can do so I could have a baby? Cindy

Answer: Dear Cindy,

Tubal ligation is considered to be a permanent method of birth control and the occurrence of pregnancy after it, not matter how longo ago it was, is only 0.5% . A surgery can be performed to reverse a tubal ligation but it is not always effective and it can be difficult and expensive.

The following factors play a role in the sucess of a tubal ligation reversal:

- Type of tubal ligation originally performed.
- Age of the woman at the time of a tubal ligation reversal. Women over 40 should specially discuss options with doctor.
- Amount of damage caused by original tubal ligation.

The best candidates for a tubal ligation reversal are women whose original tubal ligation included the removal of a small section of the fallopian tubes or had clips/rings placed around the tubes.

Overall, success rates for tubal ligation reversal vary from 20 percent to 70 percent.


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