Pregnancy after Female Sterilisation Reversal
You can try to get pregnant once you feel fully comfortable and have the desire to have intercourse. If you miss a period and think that you may be pregnant, perform a pregnancy test. If positive, then when you are about 6 weeks pregnant, from the date of the last period, you will need an ultrasound scan to make sure that the pregnancy is in the womb. This can either be arranged through your GP or you can contact us or phone Mandy, Mr Pickles’s secretary on 0845 676 9 767 who will be able to arrange a private scan for you. Please let the clinic know if you are pregnant after your female sterilisation reversal, we will be delighted to hear from you. Remember although ectopic pregnancy is uncommon, it is important that it is ruled out as a problem.
Ectopic Pregnancy after Female Sterilisation Reversal
An ectopic pregnancy is one that lodges in the fallopian tube, where it grows on and can rupture through the tube causing bleeding into your abdomen. Although the chances of this happening are low, the ectopic rate for Mr Pickles the surgeon is 3% whereas other centres quote rates between 6% and 15% depending on the original method of sterilisation. Clip sterilisation carries the lowest rate and ligation / coagulation the highest. When you get pregnant it is preferable to have an early ulstrasound scan to ensure that the pregnancy is in the womb, this is usually done at about 6 weeks from the last period. If you are pregnant and start with abdominal pain / shoulder tip pain / bleeding and or you feel faint or unwell, then you should seek urgent advice from your GP or phone the clinic.
No Pregnancy after Female Sterilisation Reversal
If you are not pregnant after 6 months the we advise that you are reviewed in the Female Sterilisation Reversal clinic. We can arrange for an x-ray of your fallopian tubes to ensure that they are open and discuss the potential for other fertility issues and how they could be overcome.
Alternatives to Natural Pregnancy after Female Sterilisation Reversal
Your other options are for you to consider IVF (test tube baby) or adoption. IVF is sometimes a more appropriate treatment for you, particularly if your tubes have been excised (removed) or are very short from the sterilisation procedure. This will be discussed at your consultation. A laparoscopy (looking inside your abdomen with a telescope) may be advised prior to considering a a female sterilisation reversal procedure or IVF if it is considered likely that the tubes are very short.