The reasons that women have for undergoing a female sterilisation procedure are personal, varied and unique to each individual. However, sometimes circumstances change and women who thought that they never wanted another pregnancy, decide to try for more children.
Luckily, it is possible to reverse the sterilisation procedure, all that’s required is a skilled surgeon such as Mr Dobson and a short, routine operation. If you’re thinking about undergoing a female sterilisation reversal, here’s some useful information that will help you decide if the procedure is right for you.
How does a female sterilisation reversal work?
When the initial sterilisation procedure is performed, the Fallopian tubes will be cut, sealed or blocked to prevent the egg becoming fertilised and pregnancy occurring. A reversal of female sterilisation involves repairing and reconnecting these tubes to allow the egg to pass through as normal and for fertilisation to occur. The procedure is performed under general anaesthetic and generally takes around an hour to complete.
Is female sterilisation reversal guaranteed to work?
As with any fertility treatment, there are no guarantees that a reversal of female sterilisation will work. The chances of success are greatly influenced by the method originally used to block the Fallopian tubes, with more damaged tubes harder to reconnect. Generally, the easiest procedures to reverse are those in which clips were used to separate the tubes. In these cases, reversal success rates where the tubes are patent are as high as 80%-90%. Mr Dobson’s rate is 84%. Mr Dobson’s latest audit (July 2014) showed a 75% pregnancy rate after female sterilization reversal.
What factors affect the success of the procedure?
As well as the technique used in the original procedure, other factors that can affect the outcome of a reversal of female sterilisation are age and the condition of the Fallopian tubes. As most women are aware, fertility decreases with age, especially after 35 but more so after 41 years. This decrease in fertility cannot be reversed and may affect the chances of becoming pregnant following a reversal procedure. If a woman’s Fallopian tubes have been damaged by infection, fibroids or other conditions, this could also affect fertility and make it more difficult to conceive, even after a successful reversal procedure.
As with many procedures, the more skilled the surgeon, the greater the chances of success, so finding a doctor who has extensive experience in female sterilisation reversal is a must. Though, in general, reversals are not carried out on the NHS, your GP can although he/she doesn’t have to, be able to refer you to a specialist clinic such as ours, the Female Sterilization Reversal Clinic. There you’ll have either a face-to-face or telephone consultation with Mr Dobson to assess your specific needs before arranging a procedure and undergoing reversal surgery.