Working around tubal ligation


More than 650,000 women a year decide on tubal ligation as their birth control of choice. It's reliable, permanent and portable. It's not like you can leave it behind, forget to take it, or not find an open store that sells one at 2am.

However, some women regret the highly invasive method of birth control. They have a life changing event, meet a new man, win the lottery - it could be anything but something triggers the change. While reversal is an option, a lot of women are thinking more about IVF.

"While for some patients, especially those under the age of 30, tubal reversal surgery may be an ideal way to regain their fertility,no one can guarantee that the surgery will be successful," says Dr. Bill Meyer of Carolina Conceptions. He recommends that every woman go through an ovarian reserve testing before considering tubal ligation reversal to be sure the eggs are there and ready to drop.

There are advantages to IVF over reversal surgery. First, a shorter recovery period. There is no surgery, no cutting or general anesthesia. There is a decreased risk for ectopic pregnancy. Genetic screening is also standard so abnormalities will be found and addressed. Furthermore, after the baby is born, your birth control is already in place. There is no need to go through sterilization a second time.

Price of course is a factor, but at places like Carolina Conceptions, patients will get a huge discount, up to 50%, for selecting IVF over ligation reversal.

Source: Carolina Conceptions, Medical News Today


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