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Have you ever heard of anyone getting pregnant after having a tubal?

Asked by knitfroggy (8944points) April 25th, 2009

I got my tubes tied when I had my son. The doctor told me it was possible that it could fail, like 1 in 100 chance or something, I can’t recall the exact number but it seemed like a pretty good odds that the tubal may fail.

I’ve never known of anyone that got pregnant after a tubal. I’ve heard of lots of people getting pregnant while on birth control, but who knows if they were taking it properly. Has anyone known anyone that this happened to?

I’m asking this because I’ve been having some weird cycles and different things going on. I’ve not been to the gyno since I had my son, and he will be 7 in September. I don’t think I’m pregnant but it would be so weird if I was. I’ve got an appointment with a gyno on Friday, and I’m dreading it!

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cheebdragon's avatar

wait, 7 years? Or 7 months? Because I don’t want to freak you out or anything, but if you haven’t been to a gyno in 7 years, you might have some bigger problems than being pregnant.

knitfroggy's avatar

@cheebdragon I hate to admit, but it’s been almost 7 years…

BBSDTfamily's avatar

Hopefully your appointment goes well! I haven’t heard of anyone getting pregnant after having this surgery, but stranger things have happened!

Judi's avatar

If you DO get pregnant after a tubal the chances are it would be a tubal pregnancy and you need to see a doctor right away. The scar tissue in your tubes could not allow the ovum to descend from the tube and if it grows it could rupture your tube.

cheebdragon's avatar

Seriously, get to a doctor ASAP, I know going to a gyno really sucks, but I just went last week, it’s really not as bad as you might think, and the alternative is always worse, so please don’t put it off

knitfroggy's avatar

@cheebdragon I know…the anticipation is worse than the actual appointment. I’ve been thru it several times, just haven’t recently. I have an appointment Friday morning.

cheebdragon's avatar

If I can do it, anyone can, trust me.

knitfroggy's avatar

@cheebdragon My friend told me she would go with me if I wanted her to-I said thanks but no…I love her but I don’t even know if I want my husband going with me! :)

BBSDTfamily's avatar

@knitfroggy In my experience, having the husband go is just wierd. Won’t do that one again…

asmonet's avatar

Pregnancy is the least of your problems.
Weird cycles and not having been to a gyno in seven years is seriously not good.

Could be nothing – could be something, I’m glad you made an appointment.

From the Wiki:
A tubal ligation is approximately 99% effective in the first year following the procedure. In the following years the effectiveness may be reduced slightly since the fallopian tubes can, in some cases, reform or reconnect which can cause unwanted pregnancy. Method failure is difficult to detect, except by subsequent pregnancy, unlike with vasectomy or IUD. If pregnancy does occur it carries a 33% chance of being an ectopic pregnancy.

My cousin was born after my aunt had her tubal reversed at the age of 40.
But our family is like super fertile and she chose to reverse it.

YARNLADY's avatar

Yes, I have heard of it. Some references cite a failure rate of 1% others say slightly over 2%. I worked with a woman who swore that she could not be pregnant because of the operation she had, so her doctor treated her for a severe stomach ulcer for several weeks, until it became undeniable.

chyna's avatar

My ex sister in law got pregnant after having a tubal and had a full term baby. THEN, she got pregnant a second time and it was a tubal pregnancy. But really, it could be anything.
Going to a dr. makes the most sense.

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