Women over the age of 40 who have had tubal ligation may later make the decision to have more children. In fact pregnancy after 40 is becoming very common place and is something that some women can look forward to following tubal ligation reversal. In fact, at Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center during the period between 2001 and 2007, thousands of tubal reversals were done and 13% of them were for women over 40.
But there are certain risks factors to be taken into consideration for pregnancy in this age group. Any woman over the age of 40 will find that to conceive naturally becomes a lot more difficult whether they have had tubal ligation carried out or not. Try not to let that dissuade you, however, as the leading tubal surgeon at Chapel Hill Tubal Reversal Center believes that as long as you are menstruating and want to try you should.
All women over the age of 40 who are trying to conceiving need to know that their chances of doing so naturally are less and that there are certain risks associated with doing so. For such women the chances of them miscarrying or having an ectopic pregnancy after 40 are greatly increased. In addition, there is an increased concern for some genetic abnormalities appearing in the child due to the age of the eggs. You should research the risks for advanced age pregnancy so that you are aware of what the potentials are and how best to prepare for such.
Any woman who has a tubal ligation reversal after 40 in order to get pregnant should do certain things which will improve their chances of conceiving as well as being aware of the risks she faces. In this article we offer some advice that will prove useful to such women.
1. Take your time after the tubal reversal surgery to allow your body time to heal. Although pregnancy after 40 is becoming more common, it is an increased stress on an older body. Be sure all your tissues and muscles are healed so your body can safely carry your new child to term. Don’t push the envelope and wait at least one full menstrual cycle before trying to conceive.
2. Knowing when it is the best time for you to conceive is a good aid in achieving your goal. The best way of being able to determine when this is happening is through using an ovulation prediction kit which your local drug store should have. They can even be found online.
3. Follow closely the instructions given you by the tubal reversal surgeon for when you believe you have become pregnant. If the surgeon or clinic you are considering for the operation do not give any such suggestions and indeed do not even encourage contact after the surgery, you should really consider finding a different doctor. Such instructions can help you know rather quickly about one or two of the increased hazards of a pregnancy after 40 such as ectopic pregnancy.
4. Of course, one of the best tips for achieving a pregnancy after 40 following a tubal ligation reversal is to be sure to get a very good tubal surgeon. Get someone with lots of experience rather than someone who performs maybe one or two operations a year. We advise using a leading tubal reversal center and the surgeons there.