A 24-year-old female asked:
Can i be pregnant after tubal ligation? i had my tubes cut/burnt 4.5 years ago and have regular periods since then. for the first time im late 5 days.
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Possibly : Every form of birth control, short of abstinence and hysterectomy, has a failure rate. Given your history, it is very unlikely but nonetheless you should consider a pregnancy test if you don't have a flow. Many women will occasionally be late for their menstrual cycle but certainly see your doctor if this persists. Good luck.
5.7k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Family Medicine 20 years experience
It's possible: Tubal ligation does have a failure rate associated with it. Various studies give different numbers, but it's generally quoted as about 1 in 250 woman can get pregnant after a tubal. The failure rate is actually lowest the first year after the tubal and rises very slightly in subsequent years. You might consider a home pregnancy test if you are concerned.
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
Yes but rare: The risk of pregnancy after tubal is less than 2%. If you are pregnant the risk of an abnormal pregnancy in the tube is higher and this pregnancy can be very dangerous. Take a home pregnancy test and if positive see your gyn immediately. If negative but still no period in two weeks go to doctor to get blood test as in a tubal pregnancy the hormones might be too low to register in urine test
3.2k viewsAnswered >2 years ago
Last updated Mar 25, 2015
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