IVF After Tubal Ligation By jodorsett on September 02, 2019

Fertility treatment work under a microscopeDr. Janelle Dorsett has helped countless couples and individuals throughout the Lubbock, TX area have children when it just didn’t seem possible. This speaks to her experience in the field and the effectiveness of advanced fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, we can work patients regardless of their situation. This includes patients who’ve undergone medical procedures as a form of birth control. It’s with that in mind we’d like to consider the use of IVF on women who’ve undergone tubal ligation.

About Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation is a form of permanent birth control for women in which the fallopian tubes are intentionally blocked, severed, or clamped shut. Colloquially, people refer to the procedure as “getting your tubes tied.”

Since tubal ligation blocks off the fallopian tubes, the procedure prevents sperm from traveling into the tubes to fertilize a waiting egg.

Second Thoughts After Tubal Ligation

A number of women who get their tubes tied have second thoughts about the procedure later in life. They may want a child, or perhaps they have realized that they were not done having children and would like to have another baby. Whatever the case may be, there are different ways to help these women become pregnant.

Can IVF Be Performed on Women Who’ve Had Their Tubes Tied?


During IVF, it’s possible to retrieve viable eggs and fertilize them outside of the fallopian tubes in a lab setting. When the eggs have developed into embryos, they can then be transferred to the uterus for a mother to carry the pregnancy to term.

Tubal Ligation Reversal vs. IVF Treatment

Many people ask our Lubbock fertility specialists if they should simply undergo a tubal ligation reversal instead of IVF. There are a two primary reasons why IVF may be a more desirable option:

  • Tubal ligation reversal is not always successful, and could lead to post-surgical complications
  • Patients may wish to maintain birth control benefits after IVF rather than undo the procedure entirely

Each patient’s needs differ, and we want to respect the individual goals of everyone who comes to our practice. During your consultation, we can can go over the risks and benefits of all treatments involved.

Additional Alternatives: Fertility Preservation

Before undergoing tubal ligation, it may be a good idea for women to consider fertility preservation. If they might want to have children later in life, freezing eggs can make that possible even after tubal ligation. Freezing eggs earlier in life tends to be a good option since eggs from younger women typically have higher rates of success during the IVF process.

Discuss Fertility Options with a Specialist

As you can see, there are many options out there for women who would like to have children despite tubal ligation. Our Lubbock fertility specialists can make sure you get the treatment that’s ideally suited to your needs. We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions and address all of your concerns.

Learn More About IVF

If you are interested in having children after undergoing tubal ligation surgery, we encourage you to contact a skilled fertility doctor. You can reach the Centre for Reproductive Medicine by phone at (806) 788-1212.

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The Centre for Reproductive Medicine

At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Dr. Janelle Dorsett and our warm, highly trained team provide the tools you need to start or add to your family. Dr. Dorsett is a board-certified fertility specialist and is an associate clinical professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. She is a member of the:

  • American College in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists
  • Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Society of Reproductive Medicine (Fellow)

Schedule a consultation to learn more by sending us a message or calling our office at (806) 788-1212

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