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can your tubes come unclamped at any time

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i had my tubes clamped and tied about 9 years ago and i want to know if they can come undone
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Family Physician replied 9 years ago.
The procedure is not 100%. The failure rate over a 10 year period is 1.85% It is NOT a perfect procedure. Here is an excellent article on the issues associated with tubal ligation.
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20030315/1287.html

Here is another article specifically on the issue of ectopic (tubal) pregnancy.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=pubmed&dopt=Abstract&list_uids=840461&query_hl=2&itool=pubmed_docsum

Because the anatomy of the tube has been altered, a greater number of the pregnacies that do occur (1.85% in the first article) are tubal than in the general population.