Tubal ligation is a permanent form of contraception in which the fallopian tubes are surgically blocked or sealed. It is commonly referred to as having one's "tubes tied" and is an effective way to prevent pregnancy for women who no longer wish to have children or do not want any more children. Tubal ligation can be done through a variety of methods, including minilaparotomy, laparoscopy, and hysteroscopy.
The procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis under general or local anesthesia. During the operation, the fallopian tubes are either blocked off with rings or clips, burned shut with electric current, or cut and sealed. Afterward, scar tissue forms around the cut sections, preventing sperm from reaching the egg.
Tubal ligation is considered to be a safe procedure and has relatively few side effects. It is not reversible, except in rare cases where it may be possible for reversal surgery to be performed.
Generally, tubal ligation should only be considered after careful consideration and consultation with a doctor. Women who have had multiple children, have health risks that could be worsened by pregnancy, or who are in long-term relationships are good candidates for the procedure.
The primary benefits of tubal ligation are a low failure rate and not having to use other forms of contraception. It can also reduce the risk of ovarian cancer and endometriosis and is considered more reliable than some other permanent contraceptive methods.
If you are considering tubal ligation, it is important to talk with an OB-GYN or Naturopathic Gynecologist about the procedure and any potential risks involved. The Center for True Harmony Wellness & Medicine has experienced doctors who can help answer your questions and provide personalized care to ensure that you make the right decision for your needs.