Tubal reversal is a procedure that’s done to reverse a tubal ligation, which is usually done as a permanent birth control method. Women sometimes change their minds after having their tubes tied and decide they want to have a baby. Fertility experts at the Center for Reproductive Health can answer your questions about tubal reversal. One of the most commonly asked questions is “How soon can you have intercourse after tubal reversal?”
What to Expect After Tubal Reversal
A tubal reversal is usually done as an outpatient procedure. At the Center for Reproductive Health, the procedure usually lasts one to two hours, and the average time spent in the recovery room after surgery is around an hour.
Each woman is different, and your surgeon provides instructions on how soon you can resume normal activities. There may be some discomfort the first week and your doctor may prescribe pain medication to help control the pain for the first few days. It’s important to rest as much as possible during the first two or three days after surgery.
In most cases, women are able to resume some of their ordinary daily activities within a week after surgery. It’s usually recommended that you wait at least two to three weeks after surgery before resuming intercourse. Some women prefer to wait a month or longer because they’re experiencing reduced energy levels.
When Can I Try to Get Pregnant After Tubal Reversal?
Your doctor provides detailed instructions about resuming intercourse and about how long you should wait before trying to conceive. Women are usually advised to wait at least two menstrual cycles after surgery before trying to get pregnant.
Women who undergo tubal reversal have approximately 50 to 80 percent chance of attaining pregnancy. The younger you are, the better your chances of attaining pregnancy without additional fertility treatments. The chance of successfully attaining pregnancy after tubal reversal if you’re over 40 is around 30 to 40 percent.
There are many factors to consider before you decide to have a tubal reversal. Your age and the likelihood that you’ll be able to conceive are among the most important factors your doctor will consider when deciding if you’re a good candidate for a tubal reversal. Your doctor also evaluates the type of surgery that was done and how much healthy tubing is left that can be reconnected. Your partner’s sperm quantity and quality is also evaluated.
What Other Options Do I Have?
If you’re not considered a good candidate for tubal reversal, that doesn’t mean there’s no hope of conceiving a child. In vitro fertilization may be a better option for you if there’s a problem with your partner’s sperm or you’re over 40 or you have any condition that contributes to infertility such as pelvic inflammatory disease, uterine fibroids or endometriosis.
The team at the Center for Reproductive Health provides compassionate support to couples struggling with infertility. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you have about tubal reversal or other forms of infertility treatment. Schedule a consultation today.