Does tubal failure increase after many years? #906/12

Hello, I want to know if you could help me with this question.


I was 34 years old when I had Filshie clips put on my tubes 5 years ago.  Is it possible for the tubes to ever open up years later without surgery?  I read tubal failure increases after many years.  I think I read entirely too much junk on the internet and my own doctor isn’t giving me any information.  I have been nervous thinking about if this could happen.


Thank you!  Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

My suggestions:


While pregnancies happen infrequently once it has been 5 or more years since the sterilization procedure was done, failures are very infrequent and they are not increasing on an annual basis, but are decreasing on an annual basis.  So, yes, a failure could possibly happen, but it is quite unlikely and your risk of a failure happening is falling, not increasing.


Your risk of pregnancy will also fall as your age increases, of course.  



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Posted 9-11-2012, Updated 9-14-2012, January 17, 2013


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January 17, 2013