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Pregnancy during tubal ligation
gman0950 posted:

gman0950 posted:My girlfriend had a tubal ligation procedure done back in 2004. Her tubes were cauterized, is there any possibility of her becoming pregnant now while she still has this tubal ligation?
Yvette Smith, MD, MPH responded:
The risk of pregnancy is quite low. None of our methods are perfect though and carry a failure rate. I have heard numbers as high as 1 in 300 following tubal ligation. That means if we tie 300 women's tubes, one of them gets pregnant anyway. And this number persists over time. We can't say that if you didn't get pregnant this year or next year that you will not be that one person next year.

If you two would like to conceive a child you need to see a fertility specialist to talk about your options. Many of the specialists recommend in vitro fertilization in these situations (you go around the blocked tube by fertilizing the egg outside of the body and placing it back into the uterus by going through the vagina). But every case is different so you would want to review your options with someone who specializes in this area.

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