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After having my fourth baby I decided that it was time to get surgery and not have any more kids. However, my experience was not as smooth as I thought since I had no idea what I was getting done, how bad it would hurt and how to recover after it.

There are many birth control options, but since I am already 35 and as mentioned before have four kids I decided to get a procedure done so I can ensure I will never have any more kids, and will not need any birth control ever again.

The procedure I got was a tubal ligation. A tubal ligation, which is commonly referred to as “tubal sterilization” or “having your tubes tied,” is a permanent form of birth control. Women who no longer wish to have children may opt for the procedure. It's important to note that though it's extremely effective at preventing pregnancy, it doesn't protect women from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

The procedure is fairly common and usually covered by health insurance. It is estimated that 700,000 tubal ligation procedures occur each year in the U.S.

Overview Of Tubal Ligation

During a tubal ligation, the OB/GYN cuts, clips, or burns the fallopian tubes. The physician can also completely remove the tube. This prevents sperm from traveling up the tubes and an egg from traveling down. Women who have tubal ligation still get regular periods.

It is usually an outpatient procedure, though it can be performed following a C-section or after childbirth. Tubal ligation is permanent; reversing the procedure is difficult and may not result in a successful pregnancy.

Reasons For Getting A tubal Ligation Procedure

There are many different reasons why a woman might choose to get tubal ligation. You may want to have sex without worrying about getting pregnant, you might not want to deal with the side effects of hormonal birth control, or getting pregnant might put your health at risk.

Some women don’t want to pass on a genetic condition, while other women (along with their partner) might decide that their family is complete and they are done having children. It’s a permanent decision that you must make for yourself.

What To Expect During Tubal Ligation

During the tubal ligation procedure, you will be placed under anesthesia so you don't experience any pain. An anesthesiologist will monitor the anesthesia to ensure your comfort.

Outpatient tubal ligation requires that a small amount of gas is inserted to inflate the abdomen. A laparoscope is then inserted into the abdomen and the procedure is performed. Two other small incisions might be made for medical instruments to go through the abdominal wall. The tubal ligation will then be performed.

In my case first I had general anesthesia, then after I was asleep, they did the vertebral anesthesia. I did not knew this part so imagine my surprise when I woke up and could not feel anything from my chest down.

Possible Risks And Side Effects Of Tubal Ligation

Though tubal ligation is highly successful for most women, it does have some risks. Fewer than 1 out of every 100 women might get pregnant after the procedure. Younger women have a greater chance of the procedure not working than older women. Women who do get pregnant after having a tubal ligation might experience an ectopic pregnancy.

Other risks of tubal ligation include an adverse reaction to the anesthesia, infection, abdominal or pelvic pain that doesn't go away after healing, or damage to the bladder, bowel, or major blood vessels. Having diabetes, being obese, or having a history of abdominal surgery puts you at risk of complications.

Tubal Ligation Recovery

After the procedure, the gas will be removed and you will be woken from anesthesia. Those who get the procedure performed typically go home within a few hours. Those who opt to get a tubal ligation following childbirth or a C-section recover in the hospital. No extra time is normally needed in the hospital following the procedure.

Tubal ligation recovery typically takes 1-3 weeks after the procedure. It may take longer following a C-section or childbirth. You may experience some pain at the incision site along with abdominal pain, dizziness, fatigue, shoulder pain, or gas. These side effects should go away with time.

You can usually bathe after 48 hours, taking care not to rub or pull at the incision site. Take it easy and avoid heavy lifting, exercise, and sex until your doctor advises you to resume normal activities.

If healing seems to be taking too long or you experience a fever, fainting, bleeding at the incision site, severe pain, or discharge from the incision site, talk with your OB/GYN immediately.

You can read "I Had Tubal Ligation: My Story" here!

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