Are you done having children? If you’re sure you don’t want to become pregnant in the future, a tubal ligation procedure might be right for you. Women in Rockwell and North Dallas, Texas can find a supportive and caring team of physicians at providers at Women’s Health Specialists of Dallas. To learn more about tubal ligation or other procedures that can support your reproductive health, call or book an appointment online today.
A medical procedure that's often called “having your tubes tied,” tubal ligation is a way for women to prevent future pregnancies permanently. The procedure involves blocking, cutting, or manipulating your Fallopian tubes in such a way that sperm cannot reach an unfertilized egg once it has been released.
Tubal ligation does not affect your regular menstrual cycle, and it is a more reliable, long-term method of pregnancy prevention than traditional contraception methods.
What happens during a tubal ligation procedure depends on what method your physician uses to obstruct the fallopian tubes from being able to transport sperm to an egg.
With a standard tubal ligation procedure, your physician gives you an anesthetic to help prevent pain. Through incisions on your navel, it’s possible to access your uterus and Fallopian tubes. Using special instruments, you physician seals or blocks the tubes with rings or clips.
A newer, in-office tubal sterilization procedure called Essure® utilizes soft inserts that your physician places inside each Fallopian tube.
With tubal ligation, you can return home the same day as your procedure, and you can return to most normal activities right way. Your physician might recommend avoiding sexual intercourse or strenuous physical activity for a few weeks.
Some patients experience fatigue or cramping after tubal ligation, and you might notice light bleeding or vaginal discharge.
If you’re entirely sure that you're finished having children and that you won’t want any in the future, tubal ligation can offer a permanent, safe solution for birth control.
Since the procedure doesn't affect your regular menstrual cycle, you’ll continue to feel like your normal self and enjoy spontaneity and freedom when it comes to sexual intimacy.
The procedure is safe, effective, and doesn't require an extended recovery. In the long run, tubal ligation can relieve worry and anxiety about pregnancy, and it may save you money by removing the need for other contraceptives.