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percentage rate of tubal ligation failure?

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What is a realistic percentage rate of tubal ligation failure? I had mine done almost 5 years ago, I just turned 30 and know that they were clamped and a portion was removed.. A reversal is not an option for us , I do keep up with my ovulation and pray a lot. Just wondering if I'm waiting my time. Thanks a bunch

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replied June 18th, 2012
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The incidence of tubal ligation failure or spontaneous ligation depends on the type of procedure followed to ligate the tubes. Few methods are associated with high incidence of spontaneous recanalization, and few are with very minimal chances of recanalization. If you are having functional ovaries and if you are planning for pregnancy, consider visiting your doctor/gynecologist for getting further evaluation done along with a HSG (hysterosalpingogram) test to check for the patency of the fallopian tubes. If the test shows patency of tubes, (along with normal functioning of ovaries), you can go ahead with your pregnancy plans. If tubes are blocked (ligation is present), and non-patent (as shown by the HSG test result), then you will have to undergo surgery for tubal reversal/removal of clips/removal of ligation to make them patent and then try for pregnancy. Look out for development of symptoms suggestive of ectopic pregnancy (chances are high due to scarring). If you do not intend to go ahead with surgery, or if the surgery cannot be done, you can opt for options like IVF.
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