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IVF After Tubal Sterilization

1 Recently reported in the journal Contraception, the results are consistent with previous studies looking at similar data.

Also known as tubal ligation, tubal sterilization involves clamping and blocking or severing and sealing a woman’s fallopian tubes, which prevents eggs from reaching the uterus.

Researchers from the University of Western Australia in Crawley analyzed 178 IVF cycles performed between 1996 and 2010 in Western Australia. The women were 20 to 44 years old at the time of the first embryo transfer.

Within 2 years, the cumulative live delivery rate in women with previous tubal sterilization was 31 percent. This was comparable to that of subfertile women, who had live delivery rates of 34 percent.

Younger women (aged 20 to 34) who had previous sterilization were slightly more likely to deliver a baby than women 35 and older. However, the researchers did not consider these differences statistically significant.

1. Malacova E et al. Contraception. 2014 Epub 2014, Dec. 12.

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