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How likely is it that I could be pregnant after having my tubes tied 8 months ago?

By Anonymous July 3, 2015 - 2:56pm
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For the last few months I've been late on my period. I was suppose to start June 28th 2015, it is now 5 days later and I still haven't started. According to my husband my OBGYN used claps to tie my tubes 8 months ago during my C-section. My doctor had shown my husband what he was doing so that my husband knew what was going on. I now fear I may be pregnant. I have been having back pain the past week but don't think that ties in with missing my period. What are the chances of becoming pregnant after having your tubes tied 8 months ago?

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for seeking our advice.

On average, during the last few months, how late has your period been? Wait that number of days, and if you still do not start your period, call your gynecologist immediately.

There is a higher risk for ectopic pregnancy. Ectopic pregnancies can occur years after the tubal ligation and are most likely 3 or more years after the procedure.3 To learn more, see the topic E

Tubal ligation is not 100% effective at preventing pregnancy.

There is a slight risk of becoming pregnant after tubal ligation. This happens to about 5 out of 1,000 women after 1 year. After a total of 5 years following tubal ligation, about 13 out of 1,000 women will have become pregnant.


July 3, 2015 - 4:06pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

In end of may beginning of June I was 4 days late. This month I am now 5 days late. I haven't had any kind of cramps or anything. I am worried there could be something wrong.

July 3, 2015 - 4:25pm
Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anonymous,

For peace of mind, call your gynecologist's office and report this. I realize it is the weekend, but your doctor will be given the message and can call you back.


July 3, 2015 - 4:28pm
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