Tubal ligation is a permanent birth control option that surgically changes a woman’s body by tying off and fusing the Fallopian tubes so that they are no longer able to release eggs that can be fertilized. Tubal ligation reversal is one way that a woman who has had this procedure can become pregnant.
The Tubal Ligation Removal Procedure
Reversal of a tubal ligation is a surgical procedure that is done with the assistance of a microscope and is generally performed in a hospital setting or outpatient surgical facility. The surgeon removes the portion of the Fallopian tube that was tied or cauterized in the original surgery and reattaches the two ends to make a complete tube.
Recovery is relatively minimal and should only take a few days. Most doctors recommend avoiding strenuous activity for the first couple of weeks to ensure that healing is well underway.
Chances of getting pregnant after tubal ligation removal
Tubal ligation removal is a good choice for a woman who wants to regain full function of her Fallopian tubes and be able to have multiple pregnancies. After a tubal ligation, many women opt instead for IVF or in-vitro fertilization, which does not require surgery, but instead is a one- time procedure to aid in achieving a pregnancy. It doesn’t restore fertility the way that tubal ligation reversal does.
As for getting pregnant after this procedure, up to 75% of women who have it done are able to achieve a subsequent pregnancy, according to the Mayo Clinic. The procedure generally leaves the patient with one functioning tube in the long term.
Other factors can complicate the chances of getting pregnant after the procedure, especially if only one tube is left viable, but with the right post-surgery regimen and good information, you can greatly improve your chances of achieving a pregnancy after having the tubal ligation removed.
How to Deal With Scar Tissue After Tubal Ligation Removal
One of the biggest hurdles women face after having a tubal ligation removed is scar tissue. In fact, many of the conditions that affect fertility have a direct link to the presence of scar tissue in the Fallopian tubes, in the uterus or on the cervix. These can include pelvic disease, endometriosis or even a simple abdominal surgery like having your appendix out when you were in high school. Any time there is scar tissue present in the abdomen it can have a ripple effect on the ability to conceive and maintain a pregnancy.
Here are three natural therapies that you may want to use to help your body dissolve scar tissue and increase health of your fallopian tubes…
1. Systemic Enzyme Therapy
Systemic Enzyme Therapy can help break down scar tissue that impedes pregnancy. With an effective regimen of this type of therapy, there is a much better chance of complete restoration of fertility and eventually pregnancy.
While you might think that the surgery alone is enough to restore fertility, there are real and noticeable benefits to taking the time for systemic enzyme therapy before getting pregnant. The main one in this case is the reduction of scar tissue, but also important is its ability to reduce blood clotting, improve circulation and detoxify the blood and the body for pregnancy.
Depending on how severe the scaring our clients have seen great results beginning at 3 months of use, some sooner. It will be different for every person, depending on the amount of scar tissue present.
2. Abdominal or Fertility Massage
Massage is another natural therapy that could help support fallopian tube health after tubal ligation. One of the greatest benefits of massage is the ability to break up adhesions and increase circulation, which is beneficial for healthy fallopian tubes.
There are three options for massage when it comes to supporting fallopian tubes after a tubal ligation. You can find a massage therapist who specializes in abdominal massage (or better yet visit Clear Passages for specialized treatment), you can book a consultation with a Mayan Abdominal Practitioner, or you can learn how to apply Self Fertility Massage at home.
Benefits of Massage for Fallopian Tube Health:
- Massage helps to break up scar tissue*
- Increased circulation aids in tissue elimination*
- Helps to reduce inflammation*
*Note: Do not start massage until you are completely healed from your tubal ligation surgery. Check with your healthcare provider before you start using massage.
3. Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil therapy has been used for centuries for helping with healing issues in the body and more specifically the reproductive system. By applying these packs positive benefits such as softening of scar tissue and increase of circulation to the area they are applied. Castor oil packs are best applied prior to performing Self Fertility Massage. Both of these therapies should not be used while you are menstruating or if you think you may be pregnant.
Preparing for pregnancy after tubal ligation removal
The final piece of the puzzle for getting pregnant after tubal ligation removal is to get healthy. Increasing your activity level and improving pre-conception nutrition to include more protein, whole grains and dark, leafy greens is a great way to get off to a good start before your baby is even conceived. Getting and keeping healthy are the best gift you can give yourself and your baby.