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A 30-year-old female asked:

I am 30 yrs old and 5yrs ago i had c-section and tubal done together but when place in recovery there was only one jar was label right tube and now im 5 week and 3 days late for my period i took a hpt and it came back negitive is it possible im pregnant

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Dr. David Escobar
Dr. David Escobaranswered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
HPT Usually Reliable: The home pregnancy tests are usually pretty reliable, but may not be accurate during the earliest parts of a pregnancy. Tubal ligations are usually very effective, but they do not offer 100% guarantee of preventing pregnancy. So, there is still a slim possibility that you could be pregnant. I recommend another hpt in a week or two; if there are still problems, please see your doctor!
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Check records: I would get a copy of the operative report to make sure a bilateral tubal was done. Just because you didn't see 2 bottles doesn't mean both tubes weren't done. Most of the time specimens don't go to the recovery room but go right to pathology. Now, having said that even having had a tubal there is a possibility of pregnancy and ectopic or non uterine pregnancy. See a doctor for a blood test.
Dr. Chris Hayes
Specializes in Family Medicine
See your doctor: It's not very likely that you are pregnant if your surgery was done correctly, but if you are concerned about your health you should see your doctor. There is a very small incidence of tubal pregnancy after tubal ligation even when it is done correctly. Tubal pregnancies can be life threatening. Also, missing a period can be caused by many other things unrelated to pregnancy.
Last updated Oct 4, 2016


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