Q: I had a tubal ligation and I am considering tubal reversal surgery. What tests should I do before the surgery?
A: A tubal ligation is a surgical procedure to interrupt the fallopian tube. If you want to get pregnant after a tubal ligation, you can have either a tubal reanastomosis or tubal reversal surgery or get pregnant with IVF in-vitro fertilization.
Before you decide on tubal reversal surgery you should consider and discuss the following:
- The sperm quality (if the sperm quality is poor, IVF is the better option)
- Your fallopian tube status (longer-length remaining tubal stumps after tubal ligation improves your chance of a successful tubal reversal surgery )
- The status of other possible pelvic conditions (IVF is probably a better option in women with significant endometriosis or pelvic scar tissue)
- Your age (with advanced age, your chance of getting pregnant with IVF are better)
- The egg quality (if your ovarian reserve is not good, then IVF offers better odds of getting you pregnant).