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Doctor insights on: Pregnancy After Uterine Ablation And Tubal Ligation

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Dr. Jon Ahlstrom
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Uterine Ablation (Definition)

Uterrine ablation is a procedure used to destroy the thin lining of the uterus that bleeds each month. It is often destroyed with heat but can be done with freezing (cryoablation). Must be family complete. When performed for fibroid bleeding doesn't address the problem (fibroid) directly, may not work at all, and doesn't address the bulk symptoms often seen with ...Read more


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What to expect after endometrial ablation and tubal ligation?

What to expect after endometrial ablation and tubal ligation?

Ablation T.L.: You should expect more pain and discomfort with this combined surgery esp. If you had irregular periods beside anemia and follow postoperative instructions closely and particularly about resume activities and relationshion as every gyn may have slight differance in case management and preferance by experience. ...Read more

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I am 26 years old. I have three children and really regretting my tubal ligation and endometrial ablation. I do not bleed at all but occasionally have brown thick discharge. Is there any type of procedures and medications that would help me to carry a chi

I am 26 years old. I have three children and really regretting my tubal ligation and endometrial ablation. I do not bleed at all but occasionally have brown thick discharge. Is there any type of procedures and medications that would help me to carry a chi

Surrogacy: Its where you find someone that will carry a baby for you. Your hubby's sperm is added to eggs harvested from you and they use IVF to plant the result in a surrogate. This is quite expensive and not covered by insurance, but it is a way for you to have a kid. Otherwise you are done. ...Read more

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Is conception after endometrial ablation & tubal ligation possible & safe if still having normal periods?

Is conception after endometrial ablation & tubal ligation possible & safe if still having normal periods?

Possible....: But not likely. The tubal ligation blocks your tubes so hopefully the egg and sperm don't meet. The ablation attempts to destroy the lining of the uterus so your periods are lighter. We don't recommend pregnancy after an ablation because the risk of miscarriage is so high. ...Read more

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I had an ablation and tubal ligation 5 years ago. I'm considering a tubal reversal. What are my risks and success rate of having a healthy baby?

I had an ablation and tubal ligation 5 years ago. I'm considering a tubal reversal. What are my risks and success rate of having a healthy baby?

Probably: In my experience, 80-90% of tubal ligations can be reversed and generally with good results. I respectfully agree with the last answer and most skilled reproductive surgeons have excellent results with ectopic rates of 5% or less and pregnancy rates in the 60-70+% range depending on age. Surgery can be done as an outpatient with an overnight stay. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My doctor told me to wait 6 weeks before having intercourse. I had a dnc a tubal ligation and a ablation is this necessary?

My doctor told me to wait 6 weeks before having intercourse. I had a dnc a tubal ligation and a ablation is this necessary?

Doctors Instructions: It is best to follow your doctors instructions so that you may heal completely. Whether anyone on this site tells their patients differently is beside the point. Your doctor knows your case and from his or her experience and professional judgement that is what s/he feels is in your best interest. If you choose not to follow the advice given then the potential consequences are on you. ...Read more

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I am 43 and had a tubal ligation 9 years ago and an ablation 5 years ago. I started spotting and cramping a little today. Is this normal or is pregna?

I am 43 and had a tubal ligation 9 years ago and an ablation 5 years ago. I started spotting and cramping a little today. Is this normal or is pregna?

GYN exam: Given your tubal ligation and ablation, pregnancy is very doubtful. Given your age, I suggest a GYN exam, female hormone and thyroid testing, PAP smear and if needed a uterine sampling biopsy. Please do not ignore these symptoms. You may also require a transvaginal ultrasound. ...Read more

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I had tubal ligation in 2011. I had ablation in may 2013. I still have a period, but it's much lighter. Do I need to take more birth control?

I had tubal ligation in 2011. I had ablation in may 2013. I still have a period, but it's much lighter. Do I need to take more birth control?

Not necessarily: You would have no need for birth control if your tubes are blocked. Hormonals could be used to stop your menses altogether, as a convenience, or a touch up ablation might finish the job. I would discuss this with the gyn who did the procedure to see what might be best for your situation. ...Read more

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What is post ablation tubal ligation syndrome?

A pain syndrome.: A very small percentage of women will experience a pain syndrome after having a uterine ablation. It is not dangerous but can be very painful. Many women have pain with intercourse. Many women will require hysterectomy to treat this syndrome. ...Read more

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How many women get tubal ligation and ablation per year?

How many women get tubal ligation and ablation per year?

Depends: Most women have a tubal ligation each year. And many women have an ablation each year. Very few women have both together. For medical reasons it makes sense to have other procedure done instead. But individually, each are common, safe preocedures if done correctly. ...Read more

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I have a question about ectopic pregnancies after a tubal ligation. Higher risk than before?

Yes: It is a relative risk. Risk of pregnancy is tremendously decreased for obvious reason. But if it happens the risk of ectopic is higher. If a period is missed immediately do a pregnancy test. If positive called your ob/gyn asap. ...Read more

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In 09 I had a thermal ablation and a tubal ligation. My cycle never stopped can I have a child if I have a tube reversal?

Very difficult: When you undergo endometrial ablation, the procedure causes scarring in your uterus making it very difficult for an embryo to implant in your uterus. While tubal reversal and ivf are effective in helping you get pregnant after a tubal, it would be unlikely to work in your situation. ...Read more

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I'm having uterine contractions, had a tubal ligation 5yrs ago, negative pg test, late period. What could be the cause for the contractions?

I'm having uterine contractions, had a tubal ligation 5yrs ago, negative pg test, late period. What could be the cause for the contractions?

Late cycle cramps: If you're cycle is late the lining of the uterus tends to continue to thicken. As a result you may have more then the usual amount and duration of uterine cramps, which may feel like contractions. Your GYN may need to give provera to bring on your period if this continues. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some experience in pregnany with a tubal ligation?

Can you tell me some experience in pregnany with a tubal ligation?

Tubal reversal: The success rate of pregnancy after this procedure ranges from 40-85%, depending on age, type of initial tubal ligation, length of the remaining fallopian tubes, amount of scar tissue in the pelvis, and the surgeon's skill. ...Read more

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Does a tubal ligation cut off all blood supply to uterus? What are the side effects, and are there any long-term side effects besides sterility?

Does a tubal ligation cut off all blood supply to uterus? What are the side effects, and are there any long-term side effects besides sterility?

No change: A normal tubal ligation does not affect uterine blood flow at all, though it might rarely affect blood flow to the ovaries. Not common thigh. Good wishes. ...Read more

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I had a c-cection 4 months ago and also had a tubal ligation I missed my period last month and also had negative pregancy test is this normal?

I had a c-cection 4 months ago and also had a tubal ligation I missed my period last month and also had negative pregancy test is this normal?

Normal.: Irregular periods after a pregnancy are very common and due to irregular ovulation - nothing to do with your tubal ligation. Chance of becoming pregnant with your tubes tied is 0.3% (1/300). If still in doubt, see your gynecologist and repeat another pregnancy test in a week. ...Read more

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Postablative syndrome- tubal ligation 17yrs ago. History of ovarian cyst. 2 ablations 4&8yrs ago. Should I get total or partial hyster 45yrs old?

Postablative syndrome- tubal ligation 17yrs ago. History of ovarian cyst. 2 ablations 4&8yrs ago. Should I get total or partial hyster 45yrs old?

Depends.: If you have a family history of ovarian cancer then you should consider having your ovaries removed. If you have menopause symptoms, recurrent cysts or other problems related to your ovaries then you may consider removing your ovaries. This would cause menopause and likely cause some symptoms. Need to have a detailed discussion with your doctor to help you decide what is best. ...Read more

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Spotting after a light 8 day period (that came early) sore breast for a week, tubal ligation almost 5 yrs ago...Pregnacy test said neg. What's going on?

Spotting after a light 8 day period (that came early) sore breast for a week, tubal ligation almost 5 yrs ago...Pregnacy test said neg. What's going on?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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34 years old, had tubal ligation via resection 12 years ago. Had two full periods 12 days apart, still spotting, heaviness and cramping in uterus.

34 years old, had tubal ligation via resection 12 years ago. Had two full periods 12 days apart, still spotting, heaviness and cramping in uterus.

Irregular periods are one of the most common problems Obgyns treat.: If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections &  hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do  a home pregnancy test.   there are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit.   ...Read more

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Could I be pregnant at 43 after a tubal ligation and a uterine ablation?

Could I be pregnant at 43 after a tubal ligation and a uterine ablation?

Yes, but not likely: It would be extremely unlikely for you to get pregnant after having both these procedures. While tubal ligation is not 100% effective it is close. The further out you are from having the tubal ligation, the lower the risk of pregnancy. And uterine ablation - while not a method of contraception - does make the uterus a more hostile environment for pregnancy to occur. ...Read more

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What are my chances of getting pregnant if I have had a uterine ablation, tubal ligation but get that reversed? I still have regular monthly periods.

What are my chances of getting pregnant if I have had a uterine ablation, tubal ligation but get that reversed? I still have regular monthly periods.

Not recommended: Unfortunately, the chances are not good. Tubals can be reversed successfully but ablation permanently changes the uterine lining although pregnancy is unlikely, it's not impossible. ...Read more

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PCOS, Endometriosis, Heavy Cycles, 33yo, tubal ligation 3 yrs ago. Would an endometrial ablation lessen my symptoms/cancer risks?

PCOS, Endometriosis, Heavy Cycles, 33yo, tubal ligation 3 yrs ago. Would an endometrial ablation lessen my symptoms/cancer risks?

Maybe not: Endometrial cancer can be obscured by endometrial ablations if it is not ruled out prior to the procedure by biopsy. Many women continue to have bleeding post endometrial ablation procedures, and the most likely conclusive treatment is hysterectomy if you no longer desire children. ...Read more

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I am 36 and I have had a tubal and a uterine ablation done maybe 7 years ago and my obgyn says I still have a chance to become pregant.

Depends: Tubal Iigations are very good at preventing pregnancy. There are some variations in failure rates depending on the type of tubal. But failure rates are less than 1%. By itself an uterine ablation does not mean you can't get pregnant but can make it more difficult. ...Read more

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Period after endometrial ablation and tubal ligation what is the cause?

Not 100%: Endometrial ablations do not always stop the periods. It depends on whether the whole endometrium sloughed off or not. The tubal ligation has no effect at all on the period. Be well. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Endometrial Ablation (Definition)

Endometrial ablation refers to procedures that use energy to damage or destroy the lining of the uterus that normally build up in preparation of pregnancy. If no pregnancy happens, the lining is shed as a period. There are several different types of ablation-thermal heat, radio frequency, and freezing. All of them are good options but some might be better in certain situations. ...Read more


Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more