Tubal ligation, also known as getting your tubes tied, is a surgery that prevents pregnancy. If you’re thinking about undergoing this procedure, it’s important to consider both its pros and cons before making your decision. 

1. Tubal Ligation Is Permanent

If you know without a doubt that you don’t want to get pregnant ever or again, tubal ligation may be a suitable option for you. This procedure is permanent, and you don’t have to worry about taking any birth control or using contraception. It’s important to note, however, that tubal ligation does not prevent STDs

2. Tubal Ligation vs Bilateral Salpingectomy

Tubal ligation involves getting your fallopian tubes cut, tied, clipped, or blocked. A bilateral salpingectomy is a similar procedure where the fallopian tubes are completely removed. You should speak to an OBGYN to determine which procedure would be the better option for you.

3. Ectopic Pregnancy Risk

An ectopic pregnancy isn’t likely to occur after a tubal ligation, but it is possible. In this type of pregnancy, the fertilized egg implants somewhere other than the uterus, usually in one of the fallopian tubes. A potentially life-threatening condition, ectopic pregnancies can lead to severe bleeding and other complications, and surgery is necessary to treat it.

4. Surgical Risks

Just like any surgical procedure, tubal ligation has some risks. Problems are rare but include bleeding and damage to the bowel, bladder, or major blood vessels. After tubal ligation, some patients report symptoms similar to menopause, like hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and lower sex drive. This is referred to as post-tubal ligation syndrome, but its existence remains controversial among doctors and researchers.

5. The Benefits of Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation has many benefits that make it worth considering, including:

  • Effectiveness: Less than 1% of those who’ve had a tubal ligation get pregnant.
  • Hormonal impact: Side effects can occur, but for the most part, tubal ligation won’t change your periods, bring on menopause, or cause hormonal side effects that birth control pills can.
  • Cancer prevention: Research shows that tubal ligation can reduce the chances of getting certain types of ovarian cancer

Consult with an Expert OBGYN Team

Getting your tubes tied can be a big decision, but you don’t have to make it alone. Consulting an expert OBGYN team, like the specialists at the Pacific Gynecology and Obstetrics Medical Group, can help you make the right choice based on your specific needs and preferences. For more information on tubal ligation or to schedule an appointment, contact us today.