What Is Tubal Ligation?
If you’re familiar with the phrase, “getting your tubes tied,” you’ve heard about the common term for tubal ligation. This is a voluntary form of sterilization that can be performed when a woman no longer wishes to be able to get pregnant.
In tubal ligation, a surgeon or specialist may cut, tie or otherwise block the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy from occurring in the future.
When You Should Not Have a Tubal Ligation
If you want to be able to get pregnant, do not have a tubal ligation. This isn’t birth control, it’s a permanent solution. If you are looking for a birth control solution, talk to your doctor about IUD (intrauterine device) or other birth control options including oral medication and injections. These are short and medium-term solutions that work to prevent pregnancy for the duration of treatment.
Preparing for a Tubal Ligation
Your doctor may order a pregnancy test prior to the procedure to determine whether you’re currently pregnant. A tubal ligation can’t be performed when pregnant.
Your doctor will also discuss your treatment with you so that you feel confident in your choice.
Types of Tubal Ligation
Depending on your current health condition and the timing of your procedure, tubal ligation may be performed:
- During a c-section
- During a laparotomy
- Interval tubal ligation using laparoscopic techniques
Results & Recovery After Tubal Ligation
Tubal ligation is usually a reliable procedure, but it does come with side effects and risks. Common side effects include pain, soreness, bloating, fatigue and dizziness.
Some of the risks involved include failure of the procedure, tissue damage, pain, and infection or improper healing after the procedure. Problems occur in less than 1 in 1000 cases. If you experience fever, severe pain, bleeding or abnormal discharge, see a doctor immediately or dial 911.
How Advanced Gynecology Can Help
Our dual board-certified surgeons and specialists are here for you. If you’d like to learn more about tubal ligation or any other gynecological service, contact one of our patient coordinators today to book an appointment or to request more information from our care team.