If you’re sexually active and you’re done having children or you plan to never have them, you may be a good candidate for permanent birth control, such as a tubal ligation. Permanent birth control doesn’t interfere with your menstrual cycle or hormone levels, but it does remove the need for other forms of birth control while you remain fertile. The top-notch team of physicians at Advantage Healthcare in Wood Dale, Illinois provide tubal ligations for women in the greater Chicagoland area. If you’d like to learn more, call or book your appointment online today.
A tubal ligation, which is commonly referred to as “having your tubes tied” is a surgical procedure that permanently prevents pregnancy. The operation is also known as female sterilization.
Each month, one of your ovaries releases an egg, which travels through a fallopian tube and into your uterus where it waits to be fertilized by sperm. When your egg goes unfertilized and you have your period, your uterus sloughs off its lining and gets rid of the egg.
When you have a tubal ligation, both of your fallopian tubes are blocked or cut. This prevents your eggs from joining with sperm, because they can no longer get to the uterus where fertilization normally takes place.
For women who are done having children, a tubal ligation provides a range of advantages. They’re 99.5% effective as birth control, virtually guaranteeing that you won’t have to worry about an unplanned pregnancy ever again. The surgery also is immediately effective.
When you have a tubal ligation, you no longer have to think about — or pay for — daily birth control. This makes it cost-effective in the long run, and also helps facilitate sexual spontaneity between you and your partner.
It’s important to note that a tubal ligation does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
Tubal ligation may be a good option for you if you know for certain that you don’t want any or more children in the future. It may also be an ideal solution if you’re in a stable relationship in which both you and your partner have agreed to permanent birth control.
Women who shouldn’t become pregnant for health reasons may also want to consider having a tubal ligation.
The procedure may not be for you, however, if you’re unsure about whether you’ll want children in the future, or if it’s possible that you’ll have other partners in the future.
A tubal ligation is a simple surgery that can be done at the same time as an abortion.
Tubal ligation usually is done laparoscopically, through two small incisions in the abdomen just below your navel. Your surgeon at Advantage Healthcare inserts a thin lighted viewing instrument called a laparoscope through the incision, then fills your abdomen with a small amount of carbon dioxide gas to lift your abdominal wall away from your organs.
Then, the surgeon cauterizes a small section of each of your fallopian tubes to stop the passage of eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. After the gas is released, the surgeon closes the incisions with self-dissolving stitches.
Tubal ligation is a minimally invasive procedure, which means you should be able to resume your normal daily routine in a few days.