Albany Tubal Vs. IVF


One of the most common contraceptive methods for couples in the US is tubal ligation, more commonly called getting your “tubes tied.” Although tubal ligation is meant to be a permanent form of birth control, things change, and life happens! We hear from many who women decide they would like to become pregnant after tubal ligation, and we can help.


Tubal ligation is a permanent form of birth control. It works by blocking the fallopian tubes, which creates a barrier between eggs and potential sperm, preventing fertilization.

If you have undergone tubal ligation in the past, but would now like to become pregnant, you may choose to pursue pregnancy via IVF or via tubal reversal.

Tubal reversal is a major surgery that restores a woman’s fertility by reconnecting her fallopian tubes. After a recovery period, women can attempt to become pregnant through intercourse.

IVF is a process that completely bypasses the fallopian tubes, which allows women who have undergone tubal ligation to become pregnant. An egg is fertilized with sperm in a lab before transfer into a woman’s uterus.


With respect to your health, time, money, and fertility success, our fertility experts recommend IVF as a much more effective pathway to pregnancy than tubal reversal.

Higher Success Rates:
IVF success rates are higher than tubal reversal, and women can become pregnant more quickly afterwards.

With IVF, the risk of ectopic pregnancy is just 1%. Tubal reversals result in failed (ectopic) pregnancies 20% of the time.

Through IVF, you can become pregnant within months. Tubal reversal is major surgery and requires months to heal.

Cost Effective:
One IVF cycle costs much less than a tubal reversal surgery.

Women who have more substantial damage to their fallopian tubes from the original tubal ligation have lower success rates with tubal reversal surgery, which leads women to incur additional costs for subsequent IVF treatment to achieve their original fertility goals.

An IVF cycle requires no hospital stay or major surgery or recovery period. You can attempt to become pregnant more quickly.

You will retain your permanent form of birth control after your IVF cycle.


Our fertility specialists have performed thousands of IVF cycles to help men and women become parents. The first step in learning if IVF is right for you is to connect with us. Whether you are ready to schedule an initial consultation, or you just want some answers, call us – we can help!