Tubal ligation, also known as having your “tubes tied,” is a type of permanent birth control. This sterilization procedure is done to prevent future pregnancies, but it can also help a woman in other ways. Incisions are made in the abdomen and parts of the fallopian tubes are sealed by destroying or blocking them with plastic clips or rings. Is tubal ligation a good choice for you?
The Risks of Tubal Ligation
As with any surgical procedure, tubal ligation comes with some risks. Infection could occur if the incisions do not heal properly. There can also be damage to the bladder or bowel. If the procedure fails, you could end up with an unwanted pregnancy. Women are at a higher risk for complications due to tubal ligation if they:
- Are obese
- Have diabetes
- Have a history of abdominal or pelvic surgery
The Benefits of Tubal Ligation
Many benefits come with tubal ligation. First is permanent sterilization. This is ideal for women who are done having children or do not plan to have children. It is a safe procedure that is performed often with little to no complications. Other benefits include:
- It works immediately and can be performed after childbirth
- It doesn’t cause hormonal imbalance like other contraceptives
- Eliminates the need to monitor schedules for pills or cycles
- Studies indicate that tubal ligation may lower the risk of ovarian cancer
Should I Get a Tubal Ligation?
Tubal ligation is only one of many ways to prevent unwanted pregnancies. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. You should consider your health status, lifestyle, and the risks before deciding if this is the best choice for you. A medical expert can discuss the procedure with you and provide advice. Contact Women’s Health located in West Bloomfield today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced OB/GYN’s.