After a tubal ligation there are couples who would like to have a baby. The reasons are many but the most common one is a new relationship. Both IVF and tubal reversal work for these couples. The question is which one has the better success rate? Which one will allow the couple to have the child they desire and at a cost they can afford?
Success of Tubal Reversal
The couples that go to Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center are selected by the two leading surgeons known for their expertise in the reversal of tubal ligations. Of the patients that have their surgeries at this specialty center 98% are able to have their fallopian tubes repaired successfully. This is a huge accomplishment because many other surgeons would not even attempt many of the repairs. Sixty-six percent of these patients will be pregnant in the first year after surgery. After reporting the pregnancy, 35-40% will report miscarriage; 10-15% will have ectopic pregnancies and the remaining 50% will go on to have a baby.
This means that about 33% of women that have the tubal reversal surgery will go on to have a baby and many of these women have more than one baby.
The tubal reversal success rate at CHTRC is followed up with extensive data and pregnancy self-reporting by the patients. It is possible for the success rate to be higher with the staff doing more follow-up. The staff is aware that not all patients will report pregnancies. This actually makes the tubal reversal pregnancy rate higher than what has been calculated, reported and then published.
The Success of IVF
Success of IVF is another matter. In the United States the average for all IVF cycles started and ending in a successful pregnancy is about 37%.
The cost of tubal reversal surgery at Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center is $5900.00. The cost of IVF for each attempted cycle is $10,000 – $12,000. With tubal reversal surgery the couple does not have to have any further medical intervention to attempt another pregnancy.
There is no question that both IVF and tubal reversal surgery offer the opportunity for successful pregnancy following a tubal ligation. IVF recipients do not have surgery, do not chance ectopic pregnancy and have the chance of pregnancy when facing other serious infertility problems or issues. With tubal reversal surgery the couple has many more chances at becoming pregnant, able to have more than one child and resolve any guilt about having a tubal ligation. Tubal reversal surgery at Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center has proven to be less expensive and with a better successful pregnancy rate over IVF.