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Could I be pregnant with my tubes tied?

By October 11, 2014 - 10:50pm
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Hi there... I had my tubes tied in 2000, after the birth of my 3 child. Here it is 14 years later and my period had been like clockwork give or take a day or two...until August 25, 2014. I got my period then, but have not had one to date (October 12). I have the nausea in the morning without vomiting, tender breasts, and actually had mouth watering at the idea of pickles, but have taken 2 pregnancy test that came up negative. Went to a family planning clinic that did a pee pregnancy test and it came up negative. Is this possible? I mean I am totally stumped. I called my gyno who did the tubal and asked specifically what was done (I was trying to see if it could be possible, and am okay if I was) and they told me, "your tubes were tied and catgut"... not sure what that means (cat gut) I made them spell it for me so I knew I got it right! If I don't get a period next week, I am doing another test... anyone else ever hear of this or know if its possible? Thanks

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Hi Anon and welcome to EmpowHER.

To answer your specific question, yes, it is possible to become pregnant after having a tubal ligation. In a normal pregnancy a fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus. With an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants somewhere outside the uterus.

An ectopic pregnancy would result in a positive pregnancy test for you, as the hormone that's produced by a pregnancy still gets into the blood stream. Since your tests are negative you are not pregnant.

I have no idea why cat cut was brought up. In the medical field this is the term used for  a tough cord, made usually from sheep intestines, which is used for sutures after surgery. They do not need to be removed as, over time, enzymes produced by the human body degrade the protein in the sutures and will dissolve them completely.

Hope this is helpful,


October 12, 2014 - 1:33pm
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