Question: if a woman has undergone an operation of family planning (means she will not conceive), is there any possibility to conceive again? S.K. (India)
Answer: Reversal of female sterilisation is possible. The chances of success after the reversal of sterilisation depend on how it was performed. Overall, successful conception after reversal of female sterilisation ranges from 50 to 75%. Where sterilisation was performed by clamping the tubes via keyhole surgery, chances of a successful reversal are highest. You also need to be aware that there is a risk of ectopic pregnancy after reversal of sterilisation. Another issue to consider is the cost implication. This will differ from country to country.
Where facilities allow and if affordable, assisted conception is arguably a better option for a sterilised woman who wants to conceive again.
Question: I have cystic fibrosis. I was looking for tips on how to become pregnant. Any ideas? M. (USA)
Answer: As we have mentioned on the section on this subject, there is no standard advice. However, there are important things that you need to consider and assess before you embark upon this quest:
I am mindful of the fact that your question was ‘how to become pregnant’. The answer to that is simple: Just the normal way. The fertility potential of women with cystic fibrosis in reasonably good health is not reduced in any way. The thick mucous they produce on the cervix is not a hindrance. Ovulation is usually regular. Can I also say that, if there are issues mentioned above in your case but you are keen to have a child who is genetically your own, there is the alternative of surrogacy, a subject discussed in detail here. There are cost implications in this but it is always worth looking at all the options. You should also remember to have your partner tested for carrier status. 5% of Caucasians (whites) do carry the CF gene mutation. The rate is less than 1% among those of black African origin and an even lower 0.2% among Asians and those of asian origin, which is 25 times lower compared to Caucasians.
Question: I will be 27 weeks pregnant when I would like to fly to Spain from England. What risks are involved in flying. I have had early bleeding in pregnancy and I have pains in my lower abdomen from time to time. I also had a miscarriage at 12 weeks the last time I was pregnant. I have 2 children 12 and 8 who went to full term. J.B. (UK)
Answer: Regarding the risks of flying in pregnancy, I would like to refer you back to the appropriate section where this subject is discussed in detail. I can only comment here that, in general, flying during pregnancy is safe. I doubt very much that the bleed you had earlier in pregnancy would be an important consideration in this situation. On the other hand, if you have had vaginal bleeding since going past the half-way mark (20 weeks), you should avoid flying. Your previous first trimester miscarriage is not an important factor as far as this issue is concerned.
Question: I have been on warfarin for 2 years and I am now 6 weeks pregnant. Is it safe to take this. E.S. (Ghana)
Question: Can i check fetus's sex in amniotic fluid? If yes,how early? I mean how many weeks? R.P. (UK)
Question: I am married to my first cousin and 25 weeks preg. We don’t have any abnormalities in any of the family trees, except that our common first cousin is an albino. I want to know if there are any test or sonography by which we can know if there are any abnormalities in the child. A. (India)