- Women's Health
Are You Considering A Female Sterilization Reversal?
Do You Have A New Life?
There comes a time in a relationship where both partners decide that having any or more children is no longer an option. When this happens, one or both of the partners will sometimes have a sterilization procedure performed to ensure that pregnancy never occurs again. But what happens when those partners break up and meet someone new that wants a child? What happens if they later decide that the still do indeed want more children. If this is your case, you need to figure out if you are a candidate for female sterilization reversal.
For women who have had their "tubes tied," female sterilization reversal is not quite as difficult or scary as it may seem. It is estimated that over a million sterilizations are performed ever year on men and women. With that amount of procedures, a request for a tubal reversal is bound to occur from time to time. In fact, it is estimated that approximately six percent of all procedures are later reversed.
A New Family
The Female Sterilization Reversal Operation
When female sterilization is performed, the woman's Fallopian tubes are tied, cut, or clipped to prevent the egg in leaving the ovary and entering the womb. Regardless of the female sterilization technique used, a female sterilization reversal procedure is available so the woman can once again become pregnant and have children. However, the success of the procedure is often determined by the amount of time that has been able to pass since the procedure was performed. The pregnancy rate climbs significantly higher for women who wait 36 months to have the reversal performed compared to women who have the same procedure within six months of the initial sterilization operation.
The actual procedure itself has become quite common and in most cases, takes about an hour or so to perform. A small incision is made in the lower abdomen and the tubes are rejoined with suturing. Patients can expect to remain in the hospital for about two days. Recovery period for most women is fairly quick, with complete recovery expected in under a month.
While most surgeries are successful, there can be complications at times. For instance, after female sterilization reversal is performed, scarring may take place that continues to block the tubes. Please note, this is a very rare occurrence and can be corrected with another procedure. There are also occurrences when the sutures do not hold the new seem. This can be detected with a die test. If there is a problem, the doctor can go back and redo the suturing.
Sexual contact may be resumed soon after the operation has taken place. To be on the safe side, most doctors will recommend that a woman waits a few weeks and then use contraception devices for the first month to ensure everything has healed properly from the tubal reversal. However, there is no real proof that the pregnancy is at risk by attempting to conceive once the patient feels better and has healed properly, even if that time falls inside of the normal waiting period.
Any woman interested in having a female sterilization reversal can go into the procedure with confidence if they are a candidate. The success rate is extremely high for a tubal reversal and recovery is extremely quick compared to other procedures. While there are potential risks, they are minimal and rarely experienced with this particular operation. In no time at all, most patients find they are back to normal and once again able to conceive and give birth to a child.
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