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How can I become pregnant if I have had tubal ligation?

If you have had tubal ligation but want to become pregnant, the two options available are in vitro fertilization (IVF) and a tubal reversal procedure.

IVF involves stimulating your ovaries with medication and using a needle to obtain the eggs from your ovaries. These can be fertilized with your partner’s sperm in the laboratory (in vitro), and the resulting embryo(s) can be transferred back into your uterus: bypassing your tubes altogether.

The cost of both procedures will vary according to insurance coverage, although on average IVF may be less expensive, since it doesn’t require hospitalization and as much care in the operating room. However, costs will vary according to practice location, hospital and health insurance coverage. Both procedures have a good chance for success but, of course, will vary according to a person’s age and particular health issues. The best option is to schedule a consultation with a specialist in reproductive endocrinology who can discuss both IVF and tubal reversal.

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