Can tubal sterilization be reversed?

Many women undergo tubal ligation as a form of permanent sterilization during their reproductive years. Unfortunately, social situations may change, leading to a desire to have the procedure reversed to allow for more children. This delicate form of surgery is sometimes performed through a small incision in the lower abdomen, other times using a laparoscope. The choice of which technique to use depends on the way in which the tubes were ligated. Regardless, couples who pursue this option for pregnancy enjoy pregnancy rates of 60 to 75 percent. In some cases where reversal is not possible, couples may be referred to an in vitro fertilization program, as fallopian tubes are bypassed by the procedure.

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