Explaining a tubal ligation (getting your tubes tied)
One of the most common forms of birth control for women is a surgical procedure called a tubal ligation, more commonly known as getting your ‘tubes tied’. During the procedure, the fallopian tubes are tied, clamped, blocked, or cut. This prevents them from releasing eggs into the uterus. In addition, sperm are unable to travel through the tube to fertilize an egg. If you are considering this form of birth control, this article will provide you with useful information.
Tubal ligation is considered to be a routine procedure and there are several options. The most common surgery is called a laparoscopy. During this, a laproscope is inserted into a small incision near the navel. The doctor then seals, clamps, or ties the fallopian tubes with a mild electric current or with clips. The amount of scarring is minimal.
A procedure called a laparotomy is considered to be a major surgical procedure, therefore it is more uncommon. During this surgery, the fallopian tubes are actually pulled through the incision by the doctor. The incision is much deeper and it is made in the abdomen. A special device is used to seal them and then they are placed back into the stomach. This method is often recommended after giving birth by cesarean section.
A third type of tuba ligation is called a mini laparotomy. It is very similar to a conventional laparotomy except the incision is smaller. This enables recovery to be quicker. There are two other surgeries called a colpotomy or a culdoscopy. Both these methods involve the vagina which means there are more risks. Very few modern doctors recommend these last two options.
There are several advantages with regard to tubal ligation. It is very effective and very safe. In addition, it does not interfere with the normal functioning of a woman’s body such as menstruation. There are no side effects once you have recovered, unlike other methods of birth control like hormonal pill, patches, and implants. The biggest advantage is that, in certain cases, the surgery can be reversed. However, this depends on a number of factors.
As with any surgical procedure, there are some risks involved in tubal ligation. There is a risk of infection and uterine perforation. This is a complication which can occur during any intrauterine surgery. The blood vessels may be damaged or injured and, if not treated promptly, massive hemorrhage can occur. However, this is very unlikely to occur if performed by an experienced surgeon.
The chances of becoming pregnant after a tubal ligation are between 0.2 and 0.5 percent. However, most of these are ectopic pregnancies, meaning an egg is fertilized and starts developing outside the uterus. This can lead to complications. Having your tubes tied does not protect you from contracting a sexually transmitted disease or infection. Therefore, if you have more than one sexual partner, it is imperative that they all wear condoms. Nevertheless, it is still one of the safest birth control options which many women choose in preference to others. Talk to your doctor about the best option for you.