Tubal Reversal vs. IVF

If more than one pregnancy is desired and you are less than 35 years old, tubal reversal may be a better option for some women.

  • Time to conception may be faster with IVF, but cumulative pregnancy rates after reversal can be higher than IVF.
  • Although highly successful, the pregnancy rates of IVF are lower in older women, and thus a reversal may be an appropriate option.
  • Tubal reversal carries a much smaller risk of multiple gestation.
  • If other surgical procedures are necessary, these can be performed at the same time of the reversal.
  • If the semen analysis is subnormal, IVF may be a more appropriate option.
  • If pelvic scarring or damage is anticipated, IVF may be a better option.
  • If you have irregular cycles, IVF may be a better option.
  • Risk of ectopic pregnancy is higher (10% vs. 1-2%) with Tubal Reversal surgery vs. IVF.
  • Tubal reversal is a less expensive alternative to IVF. The cost of tubal reversal is $8500 while the cost of an average IVF cycle can be $13000 to $15000.

Tubal reversal surgery allows women the chance to become pregnant with every ovulation (release of an egg). With IVF, the chance to become pregnant is limited to a single treatment cycle. The average success for tubal reversal is 70%. This average has typically been based on 1-2 years of observation after the reversal procedure.

Minimally Invasive Outpatient Surgery Advantages:

  • Smaller incision
  • Faster recovery
  • Lowers costs
  • Lowers post-operative risks such as infection


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