For women who are sure they don't want children or whose families are complete, tubal ligation offers a permanent solution to unwanted pregnancy. If you're considering sterilization with tubal ligation, the OB/GYNs at Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, in Hastings and Grand Island, Nebraska, offer minimally invasive outpatient surgeries and post-delivery tubal ligation. Find out more about tubal ligation and see whether it's the right choice for you by calling Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, or book an appointment online.
Tubal ligation permanently prevents pregnancy by blocking off your fallopian tubes. The procedure may involve:
Tubal ligation is highly effective and has a very slim chance of failure, but there is a remote risk of pregnancy occurring. OB/GYNs do not consider it a reversible procedure because surgery, although possible, has a low chance of success.
In order for fertilization to occur, your partner's sperm has to reach one of your eggs. Your ovaries release eggs each month, which travel down the fallopian tubes, ready to meet any sperm that are present.
By blocking the fallopian tubes using tubal ligation, there's no way for the sperm to connect with an egg, so fertilization can't take place.
Tubal ligation is worth considering when you're sure you don't want to have any more children or you don't wish to have children at all.
Other forms of birth control can be very effective in preventing unwanted pregnancy, but you may prefer the idea of a permanent solution. The advantage of tubal ligation is that you don't have to remember to take a pill or worry about using a cap or sponge when you have sex.
You can pretty much forget all about taking any precautions to prevent pregnancy – although it's still a good idea to use condoms to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) unless you're in a monogamous relationship.
Before you undergo tubal ligation, it's important to be sure you're not pregnant, so your OB/GYN might advise you to use birth control for at least a month in advance of the operation.
The Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, team can perform tubal ligation in two ways:
This form of tubal ligation requires small incisions in your abdomen through which your OB/GYN inserts a laparoscope – a slim tube with a camera on the end. Using the images sent back by the laparoscope, your OB/GYN can perform the ligation without needing to make any large incisions. Laparoscopic tubal ligation is typically an outpatient procedure.
Minilaparotomy is a minimally invasive option if you wish to have tubal ligation after giving birth.
If you're considering sterilization, discuss your options with the team at Obstetricians & Gynecologists, PC, and find the one that's best for you. Call or book an appointment online today.