pregnant after tubes tied?

Kelly - posted on 10/08/2009 ( 41 moms have responded )

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How likely is it to become pregnant after having your tubes tied? Never really thought it happens, but...couple weeks late, just curious!

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Kim - posted on 02/20/2011

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my tubes are clamped with the titanium clamps but not burned or anything? took 3 tests all came back positive! i see the dr on friday and on top of it all i have a swollen uturus and have a ultrasound for that in march

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I got my tubes tied march 2007 and was pregnant feb2008 it can happen praise god any how and remember god want put no more on you that you can bare.we are powerful women of god.

Kelly - posted on 10/10/2009

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Well take heart Sandi-and Shirley, just to give an answer to your "curiosity"-I went to the doctor today for a test and JACKPOT! It would appear that #5 is on its way! However, I will need to go Monday to the OB/GYN to make sure its not an ectopic pregnancy. I am actually a little excited, although dreading how hard this will be on my 40-year-old body, but am worried about my poor hubby who works himself to death as is. Keep us in your prayers, please ladies, and I will post back and let ya'll know what happens Monday.

Jodi - posted on 10/08/2009

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It's possible. If you had your tubes tied during a caesarian or shortly after birth, it is quite possible for your tubes to heal themselves. My OB actually advised me against getting it done within 6 months of pregnancy because the possibility of this happening.

Lisa - posted on 10/14/2009

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Oh yes happened to me, but when I told the doctor he told me i had the flu, hahah yeah the 9 month flu!

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Amanda - posted on 05/18/2012

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I am a couple days late. Had my 3rd baby by csection on 11/11/11 amd my tubes tied. ???

Kelly - posted on 10/13/2009

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thank you all again-it is a comfort to have understanding ladies out there-I had the surgery this morning, still very sore and feeling "icky" from the anesthesia, but got through it and will be on the mend soon I know. I have since heard even more stories of viable pregnancies after tubes being tied, so for anyone hoping - keep the faith! and for anyone hoping NOT - be careful! LOL-and really, if you think there is the possibility, get checked quickly. Doctor said I got on it pretty quickly, but even at that I had to have surgery, whereas if you catch a tubal pregnancy really early, they can give you a shot to make it "dissolve" and you don't need surgery. This is a difficult thing for me, because I would personally never, ever have an abortion, and this feels a little like that, but the doctor absolutely assured me over and over that it was not a viable pregnancy. Wanted to let everyone know that, because information is our friend HAHA, and would gladly save anyone else the pain and inconvenience if possible! Ya'll take care of yourselves out there!

Ashley - posted on 10/13/2009

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as per the other comments it can happen, i waited about 4 years after my last child was born to have the surgery, i just had the clamps put on...but there has been several times when i thought i was pregnant. last month was one of those times...my period usually comes around the 25th of the month and as of oct 1st i still hadn't started...my period being late was due to stress cause about 3 days later it came, but this isn't the only time so just for peace of mind take a test and if u are still concerned just make the appoinment with your dr.

Jodi - posted on 10/13/2009

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Kelly, I am so sorry to hear that!!! I checked this thread earlier today and was wondering how things were going, so you are in my thoughts.

Kelly - posted on 10/13/2009

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just an update-went yesterday for an ultrasound and it is ectopic, I have to have surgery this morning. Now how unfair is that? LOL-well one more day of prayers please, I have never been put to sleep (when they tied my tubes I still had my epidural in), so I am a little nervous, but ready to start feeling better. If no baby is going to be the outcome, I am tired of feeling pregnant!

Rose - posted on 10/12/2009

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There is a slight possibility! Never say never cause it could happen...sometimes depends on how your surgery was done

Maria - posted on 10/12/2009

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You know being late could be stress related? Did you maybe start a new job or something change?

Sandi - posted on 10/11/2009

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mental note to self - seduce husband on the 13th and 15th, then pray like crazy . . .

Bianca - posted on 10/11/2009

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It's definitely possible as it happened to my Aunt, I guess it depends on how fertile you are and how determined and healthy the lil tadpole is, lol.... After that pregnancy my Aunt had an hysterectomy to make sure it couldn't happen again:)

Lori - posted on 10/11/2009

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not sure how likely it is. But it did happen to me i had them tied for about 3 years and i got pregnant. i took a test and mine came back positive you should check with dr. My daughter is 5 now

Sandi - posted on 10/10/2009

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*snicker* yeah, and it's hard to get the guy to do the ejaculations when he's not sure if it's clear! Condom time for sure, lol!!!

Jodi - posted on 10/10/2009

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Oh, yes, there is that, LOL :) I was told it took about 12 ejaculations to get rid of the swimmers......

Sandi - posted on 10/10/2009

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Oh - just a reminder! If you get him to do the vasectomy, make SURE he goes back a month later to be sure it took - they will test to see if there are any swimmers left. I had a friend who didn't go back for the test and sure enough - another baby!!!

Jodi - posted on 10/10/2009

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Kelly, the vasectomy is a really basic, and almost pain free procedure. My husband had his done on a Friday, back to work on Monday. He was a little swollen and sore afterwards - a pack of frozen peas worked a treat, and that was it! The procedure itself was less than 1/2 hour in a doctor's office (a specialist, but still, no hospitals involved). We both decided it was a safer procedure than a tubal ligation (I gave birth vaginally too, so would have had to have it done specifically), and also had a much greater success rate than any other form of birth control :) Certainly look into it. I hope all works out well for you!!

Kelly - posted on 10/10/2009

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Thanks ladies, for your interest, encouragement, and prayers! Funny you mentioned vasectomy, maybe this time I can talk him into it! The only thing that kindof ticks me off about this, is that I went through the pain of the tubal procedure. I guess I am just a wimp, I had all my babies vaginally, never had any kind of surgery except that one, and I just didn't expect it to be so painful, but it was! I was bent over for days, couldn't hold my baby comfortably to nurse her, and then to find out it didn't even work! So I am really thinking it is unfair if he expects me to go through that again! LOL well we will have to talk about it, because even if this turns out to be an ectopic pregnancy, we will obviously have to do something else for birth control from now on.

Jodi - posted on 10/10/2009

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Failure rates for tubal ligation : 1 in every 200-300 (quite high)

Failure rates for vasectomies: 1 in every 2000



Just an interesting stat for you, and the reason we ended up going for the vasectomy :)

Sandi - posted on 10/10/2009

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Don't worry about the effect on your 40 year old body - I had my first ones (twins) at 36 and just had my last one at 41! Since I was never pregnant whilst "young" I don't really have anything to compare to, but it wasn't that bad! Don't worry - if God gave you another, He knows how to make the money work, even if you can't quite see it yet. I'll be checking back on monday and my prayers are with you!

Maria - posted on 10/10/2009

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It does happen. Tubal ligation is not a 100% fool-proof. It's best to have your tubes cauterized (and I mean, burned, baby!) soon after just to make sure no more oopsies! lol

Kim - posted on 10/10/2009

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Congrats Kelly!
I'm a daughter to a mom who had a baby at 40. That would be my 5 year old sister (I'm 25). She's tired, but really because she's been doing this for 25 years and is tired! They never would have asked for Lucy, but she's the best thing that could have happened to them!
*prayers*
-Kim

Jodi - posted on 10/10/2009

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Kelly, congrats, but I am 40 too and couldn't imagine going through it again at this age, LOL :)



I think it sounds like time for hubby to have a vasectomy :) That's what we ended up deciding!!



Good luck!

Sandi - posted on 10/10/2009

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I'm in a position now that I am wishing and praying it can happen - I had changed my mind about getting my tubes tied, but forgot to have them remove the authorization form in my file - when I went into labor, it moved really quickly and my c-section was rushed, not the planned one I was supposed to have two days later. My doc asked me in the middle of a HUGE contraction if I wanted the tubal - what was I going to say, lol!!! YEAAAASSSS! I regretted it the next day and every day since. I can't afford to have it reversed, so we are in prayer mode that it will get fixed supernaturally, lol! I will say - I did have a scare eight weeks after I delivered - I took a test and it was faintly positive - freaked me out! turned out to be leftover hormones from the pregnancy. Darn it.

Sherry - posted on 10/10/2009

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Quoting Kelly:

pregnant after tubes tied?

How likely is it to become pregnant after having your tubes tied? Never really thought it happens, but...couple weeks late, just curious!


 

Myra - posted on 10/10/2009

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I would think it would depend greatly on the procedure your doctor does. My mother's generation had the cut and burn method, which is supposed to be 100%. You could even sue the doctor if you ever came up pregnant. Most women did think they were pregnant about 15 years after they did those. They didn't know it was the beginnings of menopause, though...you had to be at least 30 just to get a tubal back then.

Now they use "safer" procedures that aren't as accurate for most tubals, and you hear more of women getting pregnant after a tubal (still less than 1%). Even with the procedure with the lowest accuracy, I'd still say your chances are less than any other form of birth control.

If ever in doubt, get a test. Better to feel stupid for buying a pregnancy test after having your tubes tied and it come up negative, than to not buy one and go "oh, man...I knew I should have gotten that test!" when you start having a pregnant belly.

Maleta - posted on 10/10/2009

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hi my name is maleta i have five kids. i have my tubes tied i hope i don't have any more baby. i have had four c- section and pudh out only one. good luck to u all.

April - posted on 10/08/2009

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I agree with Jodi on this one Kelly. If you did have your tubes tied shortly after delivering whether it be by vaginal delivery or via c-section. They can heal themselves and you could end up getting pregnant... hope this info helps you out on determing the answer you are looking for...



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Sarah - posted on 10/08/2009

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My mom had her tubes tied and my sister was born 22 months later. :) Just a thought. But that was also done in 1986, my sister was born in 1988. I'd check it out if you just had them tied. Most doctors now, cut, burn and then tie.

Dyane - posted on 10/08/2009

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Hi Kelly....believe it or not...it does! Well it did to me. After I became pregnant with my 3rd son...the doctors advised that we have my tubes tied due to the previous C-Sections (2) and two adhesion surgeries. So after careful thought we decided it was the best (yet the hardest ) decision to make. After delivering my 3rd son...the doctors did a tubiligation. 5 weeks later I got a phone call and was told the that pathology showed no evidence of a right falopian tube. Opps! 22 months later we had our 4th son. :0

P.S. Right after my 4th C-Section....the doctors cut, burned and catrterized everything twice.... that must have done the job!

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I just had my "Bonus Baby" a month ago today, my tubes were tied almost 4 yrs ago.

Apparently the chances are about 1.5-2%, which is 1 in 500 or so. The chances of having a tubal pregnancy are way higher, too, so I would go get checked out ASAP.



P.S. After having this baby, the surgeon cut both tubes twice each, and burned the ends. I should be safe now... :)

Kelly - posted on 10/08/2009

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Well its been almost 4 years since I had it done. I don't actually know the procedure she used. Guess I should have asked but didn't think about it. I had it done the day after my last baby was born. I would do a test, but last time (with that last baby) I got a false negative anyway. And that was when I was two weeks late, so I don't have a lot of faith in home tests. If I don't start in another week or so I'll get to the dr. I am 40, so it had occurred to me it could just be an age thing, but they have been fairly regular up until now (only off by maybe 3 days or so). Thanks for the info. Thats a little scary about the ectopic pregnancy risk; I had heard that before, but had forgotten.

Beth - posted on 10/08/2009

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depends on what your dr did.

Did he/she just clamp them or were they clamped and burned? If they were just clamped then yeah there is a chance because a clamp may come off and the tube heal itself,if they were clamped and burned then no.

I had my tubes done 10 hours after my last child was born and well I had a couple of times where my period was late,it happens sometimes just having your tubes tied your body has to adjust to the changes and your periods change also with age.



It has happened women becoming pregnant after tubes being done but it's not very common and if a woman does become pregnant after her tubes are tied there is a 33% chance that it would be an ectopic pregnancy.

Susan - posted on 10/08/2009

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The handout my midwife gave me about it says it does happen. You need to be careful, because women who've had a tubal ligation are subject to a much, much higher rate of ectopic pregnancy. I'd suggest peeing on a stick for peace of mind...

Samantha - posted on 10/08/2009

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i know it is possible. i am due any day now and i am having a csection and getting my tubes tied during the operation. my doctor sadi that there is a low percentage of women still getting pregnant.



have you taken a pregnancy test?

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