Tubal Ligation

Tubal Ligation: Method for Permanent Birth Control

Tubal Ligation

At Southern Oklahoma Women's Health, our doctors offer two options for performing tubal ligations. You and your doctor will discuss these options as part of your consult and surgery plan. The first option is a tubal ligation performed laparascopically as an out-patient procedure at the hospital. The second option is the Essure technology, and that procedure is performed in-office.

If you are finished having children or decide not to have children, there are safe and effective procedures to permanently prevent pregnancy, such as a tubal ligation.

Upon consultation, we will discuss your sterilization options. Southern Oklahoma Women’s Health tubal ligation is commonly referred to as “getting your tubes tied.”

Our physician, Dr. Henry Ramirez, will help you decide, dependent upon your medical situation, if tubal ligation is a prime option, to consider or perhaps another method such as a tubal implant may be more appropriate. Either way, our patients find comfort in the doctor’s years of experience treating Oklahoma gynecology patients.

What is tubal ligation?

Tubal ligation is an outpatient surgical procedure preventing the egg from entering the uterus or coming in contact with sperm by sealing the fallopian tube. The tubes may be sealed, cut or tied depending on the doctors preferred method.

The surgery is performed by laparoscopy—a long telescoping tool with a light and attached camera. The doctor will typically make two small incisions through the abdomen, directly beneath the belly button and about the pubic line. This leaves little scarring in non-apparent locations. The procedure takes around 30 minutes. Recovery time is only a matter of days, and sterilization takes place immediately. Most patients (who did not give birth) abstain from sex for around one week.

Many women, directly after giving birth, will have a tubal ligation within 48 hours of delivery either by caesarean or vaginally.

 Advantages of a tubal ligation:

  • Relief regarding sexual intercourse—no fear of pregnancy, no remembering to take birth control, no uncomfortable preventatives such as condoms
  • Most women experience no change hormonally or with their menstruation
  •  Quick recovery
  • Prevents pregnancy right away
  • Short procedure with minimal scarring

The procedure must be considered permanent. A tubal ligation reversal cannot be guaranteed. Tubal ligations are 99.5 percent effective in preventing pregnancy.

Also, the procedure only prevents pregnancy—sexually transmitted infections can still be transferred from sexual partners.