In the United States, we colloquially refer to female sterilization surgery as “getting your tubes tied.” While this might seem like a crude aphorism, it’s actually a quite accurate description of the procedure. Women undergo this surgery (more formally known as tubal ligation) for a variety of reasons, but the end result is the same: the woman can no longer naturally conceive.
However, that doesn’t mean that getting pregnant is impossible after getting your tubes tied. First, let’s be clear: if the surgery was a success, then it should not be possible to naturally conceive. Tubal ligation prevents eggs from reaching the uterus, thus preventing implantation and pregnancy.
However, there are two ways women who have had their tubes tied can still get pregnant, although both take consider