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Chances of pregnancy post tubal ligation - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am 35 and had tubes tied 12 years ago. I am late on my period 3 weeks, Could I be pregnant? If not what could be wrong?
Doctor :   hi
User :   hello
Doctor :   Dr. XXXXXXXX here.
User :   XXX
Doctor :   what symptoms do you have at present apart from being late on your periods?
User :   abdominal pain
User :   not real bad
Doctor :   ok
User :   i dont know what is wrong and nervous i could be pregnant
Doctor :   is there increased sleepiness, increased fatigue, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, mood changes, breast soreness associated?
User :   yes, some of them
Doctor :   do you know which method was employed to tie up your tubes?
User :   no
Doctor :   few of the older methods used do have failure rates associated with them due to either slipping of the ligature or reuniting of the cut tubes
Doctor :   i would recommend you to get an examination done by your gynecologist
Doctor :   and see if she can find if you are really pregnant.
Doctor :   confirm it or rule it out by doing a pelvic scan/ultrasound and a blood beta Hcg test
User :   could there be other reasons why i would be this late and is it unlikely
Doctor :   another reason that could be possible is an early menopause with the delay in periods signaling a pre-menopause onset
User :   is there a percentage rate of failure for tubes tied after 12 years
Doctor :   in either of the cases, you will require to be examined by your doctor and get necessary tests done to confirm the cause
Doctor :   well the percentage could be from 5-15% that tubes could be either reunited or the ligature slipped
User :   on average when does menopause normally start
Doctor :   but at the same time the fact that many women are nearing menopause at early age of 35-40 years also cannot be ignored
Doctor :   menopause can begin at any age between 35-55 years
Doctor :   have you followed what I have said?
User :   yes, thank you
Doctor :   is there anything else you would like to ask me?
User :   no, thank you very much
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