Tubal Ligation

What is a Tubal Ligation?

For women who no longer want children, sterilization by laparoscopy or hysteroscopy provides a safe and convenient form of contraception. Once completed, no further steps are needed to prevent pregnancy. During a tubal sterilization, the Fallopian tubes are cut or blocked, which prevents pregnancy by blocking the egg’s path to the sperm and uterus. This procedure is also called “tube tying.”

Another option is complete removal of the fallopian tubes (Bilateral Salpingectomy) Tubal ligation does not change a woman’s menstrual cycle or cause menopause.

Common terms used to describe procedure: Tube tied, Fallopian tubes tied or tube tying.

Post-Tubal Ligation PAIN & RECOVERY

After the surgery, you can expect to be observed for a short time ensuring there are no problems, typically within a few hours. You will need to have a family member or friend take you home since there will be some discomfort and symptoms that do not mix well with driving. Symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Shoulder pain
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Feeling bloated or gas
  • Sore throat (anesthesia tube)

Recovery time averages 1-2 weeks.

Tubal Ligation Complications

With any procedure, they are risks and possible future problems that may occur.  For this particular procedure, here are some of the potential risks:

  • Infection
  • Side effects from anesthesia
  • Ectopic Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, although a very small risk
  • Regret

Tubal Ligation and Ectopic Pregnancy

After having this procedure, the chance you may have an ectopic pregnancy increases slightly. This is when the fertilized egg attaches somewhere within the fallopian tube. Other rare instances, the egg attaches in the ovary, the cervix and even belly. This risk is decreased with a bilateral salpingectomy procedure.

Tubal Ligation Reversal

Depending on the type of sterilization procedure that is performed, there is a possibility that it could be reversed.  A reversal procedure is done by opening and reconnecting the fallopian tubes. However, the rate of having a successful pregnancy decreases.

Common names used: Microsurgical Tubotubal Anastomosis or Tubal Anastomosis, Bilateral Tubal Ligation Reversal.

Menstrual Cycles after Tubal Ligation

Your period is likely to stay the same as before the procedure. It is even possible to experience lighter periods and even less days in the cycle. A minimal number of women experience irregular periods and menstrual cramping after the procedure.

What is the cost of a Tubal Ligation procedure?

Estimated cost for a Tubal Ligation procedure varies. Contact our specialists 24/7 via chat or at 562-242-2528 for more information or to book your consultation.


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