If you’re sure you won’t want to have children in the future, a tubal ligation is the most effective way to prevent pregnancy while also retaining all your reproductive organs. The board-certified team at Bella Women’s Care has extensive experience performing minimally invasive surgery to tie your tubes. To learn more about tubal ligation and to talk about whether it’s a good birth control option for you, call one of the offices in Phoenix or Mesa, Arizona, or schedule an appointment online.
A tubal ligation, also referred to as having your tubes tied, is a surgical procedure to permanently prevent pregnancy. During the procedure, your Bella Women's Care provider blocks both fallopian tubes, often by removing a small section, then closing each end.
Tubal ligation is intended to be a permanent procedure. In some cases, it may be reversed, but you should not plan for that to happen. In other words, you’re a good candidate only if you’re positive you won’t want to become pregnant in the future.
You may not be a good candidate if you’re uncertain about having more children or you’re not in a stable relationship and you may want to have babies with a new partner down the road.
Sometimes women choose to get a tubal ligation when pregnancy would be a health risk. Other couples make the decision when they don’t want to risk passing a genetic disorder on to a child.
It’s rare for a tubal ligation to fail, but it is possible. Studies show that not quite 2% of all tubal ligation procedures fail over the course of 10 years. The risk of failure depends on the way your fallopian tubes are closed. When a woman becomes pregnant after a tubal ligation, her risk of an ectopic pregnancy is higher compared to women who haven’t had the procedure.
Tubal ligations are typically done using a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopy. Your Bella Women's Care provider makes two small incisions. The first incision is for the laparoscope, which is a long, narrow tube that holds the light and camera used to view the surgical site. The instrument used to close off or remove the fallopian tube is inserted through the second incision.
Your tubes may be cut and then closed with a thread, bands, or clips. Your provider may also seal the tubes using a mild electric current.
Most women are able to go home about 2-4 hours after the procedure. You may have some abdominal cramps, dizziness, shoulder pain, or a bloated feeling for several days, but you should be ready to get back to your normal routine within one week of surgery.
To talk with the team at Bella Women’s Care about a tubal ligation, schedule an appointment online of call one of the offices.