This post is by Judith Kowles of WholeHearted Home.
Sometimes we make decisions that seem so right at the time, that later we know were based on faulty guidance and direction. You may have had a tubal ligation (tubes tied) and now desperately desire the blessing of another baby. Your decision no longer seems right for you.
Would you like to know about a tubal ligation reversal?
A tubal ligation is surgery on a woman’s Fallopian tubes to close or block them so eggs released from the ovary cannot join with a sperm.
This procedure is done in order to prevent pregnancy.
After a tubal ligation, some women find a deep longing surfacing within, crying out for God to bless them with another baby.
You might be one of these women.
Some Facts I Never Knew
You may have heard someone refer to “tying her tubes” as sterilization surgery. There are several different ways that the Fallopian tubes are closed:
- Tying the tubes together
- Sealing them closed with a clip or clamp
- Burning them [cauterization] using a mild electric current
Tubal Ligation is Meant to be Permanent Birth Control
Pregnancy is often inconvenient, making you sick in various ways for nine months. Even in a good pregnancy, many women would admit their discomfort in one stage or another.
With the rising tide of opinions discouraging women to have more than one-and-a-half babies (or is it less now?), is it any wonder that many Christian women are choosing to tie their tubes?
Once a woman’s tubes are tied, very often it is impossible to have a successful reversal. It was meant to be permanent, remember? Doctors who perform this surgery don’t care and they will frequently cauterize the woman’s tubes very close to the uterus, making a future reversal impossible.
What Exactly is a Tubal Ligation Reversal?
A tubal ligation reversal is surgery which re-opens, unties, or reconnects a woman’s Fallopian tubes so that she has the possibility of becoming pregnant.
This surgery is performed on women who previously had their tubes tied. Women often make the decision to have a tubal ligation based on their circumstances. Maybe she must work, or there are changes in her marital status (sadly) even among Christians which brings them to cut off the blessings of additional babies.
Can You have a Tubal Reversal?
Your health care provider makes the final decision whether it is logistically possible for you to have a reversal. I am not a doctor, just a mom.
You might desperately want another baby and have come to the conclusion that this is what you would like done. Ultimately, it is a medical decision based on how exactly your tubal ligation procedure was carried out in the first place.
Here are Some Factors to Consider
What kind of tubal ligation procedure you had in the first place.
How good is your health?
The length of your Fallopian tubes is extremely important.
How long ago was your procedure performed?
What type of tubal ligation did you have?
Never forget to seek the Lord’s will in your decision.
There are probably more questions that a health care provider will ask you, but that depends on an individual’s experiences and needs. I am not a health care provider, just a mom and only able to present information based on my personal research, experiences, and opinions.
In part two I will be sharing my reversal testimony and the wonderful things God did in my life through this experience.
Has this helped you to better understand what’s involved in a tubal ligation reversal? Are you considering one or just interested?
I was 35 when I had my Reversal. There was no record of tubal length left only note was that they had been “burned” 10 years previous. We went to Dr. Jay Namero in Scotsdale, Arizona. Fantastic staff. Fantastic experience. TWO MONTHS later, we were expecting our first Reversal baby. She’s now 3 & her little sister is 13 mo. May you be encouraged. ♡
I was coerced into having my “tubes tied” in my early 20’s. 🙁 I had my tubal reversal in 2010 at age 29. All the “odds” were in our favor to conceive…except for my tubal length. The doctor who did my ligation just didn’t leave much. The reversal surgeon warned that the reversal may not enable conception. The surgery was successful, and all appears to be functioning well, but we haven’t been able to conceive. I had my reversal done by Dr. Berger of the Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center. http://www.tubal-reversal.net/ The surgery experience was great, and their clinic has a very high success rate, so I’d still recommend them even though I haven’t been able to conceive. Many women in my situation would have opted not to have the surgery…I thought it was worth a try, at least. Who knows what the Lord may have for us in the future! <3