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