Reversal of Sterilisation

Spire Harpenden Hospital, offers private Reversal of Sterilisation for women. Female Sterilisation is considered to be a permanent form of contraception, this operation usually involves cutting, sealing or blocking the fallopian tubes so that eggs cannot be transported into the uterus where they might be fertilised. A female Sterilisation reversal operation attempts to reconnect the fallopian tubes and restore fertility.

Female Sterilisation can be reversed, but it is a complex process and there is no guarantee that you will be fertile again after the surgery. The operation is done under general anaesthetic through a bikini incision. The ends of the tube are trimmed to remove damaged tissue and then reconnected.

Reversal of Sterilisation - Issues to be considered:

  • Quality and quantity of your partner's sperm. If the sperm quality is poor, then IVF may be a better option to proceed with.
  • Sterilisation method: The longer the length of the fallopian tube after reconnecting them the higher the chance of pregnancy.
  • Condition of the fimbria in the tubes.
  • The sooner the reversal takes place after the original operation, the greater the chance of future pregnancy.
  • Age of the women at the time of reversal.

Advantages and disadvantages to reversal of Sterilisation surgery

  • Natural conception will occur if the reversal is successful, as opposed to medically assisted if IVF was used.
  • Reduced rate of multi pregnancy with a natural conception.
  • Success rates depend on a number of factors, but are between 50-70%, whereas, IVF offers 20-40% per treatment cycle.
  • It cannot be guaranteed to be successful.
  • The length of time to know the outcome can be up to and beyond a year, the chances of getting pregnant increase with time, whereas with IVF you can find out two weeks after the embryo transfer.
  • Family planning may be required for all future pregnancies

Consultant information:

Mr Stephen Burrell, Consultant Gynaecologist, specialises in reversal of Sterilisation as well as treatment of general gynaecology issues and pregnancy scanning. To see Mr Burrell's full consultant profile please click here.

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