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Advantages and complications of tubal ligation

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Female sterilization is an ideal choice for woman, who is looking for effective and permanent birth control method. However, tubal ligation also has some risk and complications.


Advantages

Tubal ligation is a permanent method of birth control offering immediate and highly effective protection against unexpected pregnancy. Women, who are sterilized, have the same sexual desire and function since the hormone levels remain the same as before, and can enjoy more spontaneous sex life. This mean of birth control has very few side effects. It is cost-effective in a long term and requires no daily attention. Moreover, tubal ligation effectively protects women, whose lives would be in danger if they were to conceive.


Disadvantages

Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure and therefore has the risks associated with surgical intervention and anesthesia. Unlike male sterilization, vasectomy , it is a more complicated and risky procedure. It involves possible discomfort at the surgical site.

Tubal ligation does not offer any protection against sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s), therefore, a condom should be used.

Every woman should understand that female sterilization is a permanent method of birth control , and therefore, it is very important to consider thoroughly before deciding to go through the procedure. Although reversal is technically possible, it is not always possible in practice, and when performed, only 60% to 80% of women are able to conceive a baby. Hence, some women may have regrets for what the have done.


Risks and complications

As with any surgery, tubal ligation has possible risks and side effects, although they are found to be minimal. Complications are rare but still possible, and involve infection and uterine perforation, which is very seldom.

Even though the method has a very high efficiency rate in protection against pregnancy and pregnancy is not likely to occur, if a woman gets pregnant she has a higher risk to have ectopic pregnancy.

A woman has a risk to experience abnormal bleeding and bladder infections after surgery.

Some physicians report that women have post-tubal ligation syndrome, which involves irregular and painful periods, bleeding in a mid-cycle, or no menstrual periods. Although some doctors claim there is no proof for the existence of such syndrome, some extra research should be done to confirm it or not.


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  1. Tubal ligation
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  4. Advantages and side-effects of vasectomy
  5. The reliability of birth control methods


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mary03
2011-06-19 18:58:07
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I am new to this site. I read about all the problems with TL . I think had it done right after birth or on a different type of birth control, i was on the pill i think maybe that helped me. I had my TL in 1978 at the age of 29,( i had 2 girls 1 boy.) After the TL I never had any pain, weight gain or any thing else. When on the pill my periods were light & no pain & didn't last for just a few days. After my TL periods were very light almost none, after 1 to 2 days , it was gone. TL didn't affect my sex drive, it made it better knowning i couldn't get preagent. I DO NOT REGREAT IT!  
My daughter had 3 caeserans 1 in 2000, twins in 2005 all boys. When she had the twins she had a TL, now she has heavy periods and with a lot of pain. Her birth control the shots.  
I feel bad for every one with so much pain!!
dee
2010-11-03 00:34:01
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I had a TL last year and have had no symptoms. NO pain or anything my cycles are still abnormal like they always were I was actually hoping it would fix that but it didn't. I had it done at 29 I am 30 now. I have no children and got it done because I expressed the desire to not have children and in the 10 years I have been active have never gotten pregnant so the doctors did it just in case. Only do it if you are positive yo don't want any more children. I am very pleased with my results and I don't regret it but that is just me. :)
mommyof4
2009-09-09 08:28:00
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:sigh I'm a 25 year old mom of 4 all under the age of 6. I had my tubes tied when I had my son via c-section. He is now 17 months old. I regret having them tied because I do want another baby and I don't feel complete yet. Ever since they have been tied, I have had the worst bleeding and cramping!! It feels worse than a contraction !! Along with that, I have been so irratible, moody and hot-headed. My advice is, if you want to have them tied, please do your research first on the pros and cons!! Because if I knew then what I know now, I'd Have NEVErR done it.
Tiff
2009-04-01 21:43:41
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I had TL done when I was 22 the day after I had my son. I did this with the understanding that I would be cut/tied/burnt/clamped or a mix of those. However since meeting my husband I have found out that my doctor destroyed my tubes and I now have no chance to have this operation to be reversed. I have dealt with horrid mood swings, sever cramps, some days my attitude changes so fast that it is like flipping a light switch. Honestly if I had known that this doctor was going to destory my tubes I would of never had this done, EVER! I now have minimal options for having another child. Honestly had I known that this was how he choose to "fix" women I would have walked away. Make certain that if you do decide to have this done that you know exactly how your doctor does this procedure, because it may not be reversable :cry
mom29
2008-06-08 13:00:29
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I've had my tubes tied over 8yrs now i sincerely regret haveing done it not only for the fact that since that time ive been experiancing alot of menstral cycle troubles there very irregular alot and i mean alot of pain severe cramps literally throweing up the first two days of it heavy bleeding.I've heard that if your tubes are tied with the procedure being done throught your belly button that the this way can come undone anyone know if this is true? I have two sons and each day comes and goes they both ask for sister truthfully i would love to have a baby girl but i cannot i was 21 at this time it was done. :sigh
guest
2007-04-12 12:49:44
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Hi, everyone I'm new to this site and I've been reading alot of the comments to TL. I am 34yrs. old and have 5 children between 19 and 13. I had my tubaligation after my last child in '94 and it was the worst decision i ever made. I have had the most horrible menstrual cramps known to mankind, mood swings, depression, and irregular periods for 13 years and all sorts of other problems. I wouldn't wish on anyone. I have remarried and my husband has no children. He wants them but doesn't put any pressure on me to have any. For some women it's a blessing and that's fine but not for alot of women. I would of never thought in a million years when I had my TL, that I would want another child after having 5 already. What I have research about TL is if builds up aolt of scar tissue which causes bad periods among other things. IF YOU LOVE YOU BODY AND YOUR SANITY DON'T DO IT!!!!!!
Guest
2007-03-04 23:24:30
I've heard so many negative things about this procedure until I'm straight afraid of having it done. I already have a girl and I'm about to have a boy anyday now. I haven't made up my mind either to have it done or not. I'm scared! :?
Guest
2006-12-17 23:52:28
This procedure has not affected my sex drive at all. 
However, I have HORRIBLE mood swings and very frequently. This has taken a toll on my marriage. 
I would NOT recommend this surgery to anyone unless it will make a life/death difference to a person's health.
Guest
2006-09-27 03:51:45
since i have had my tubal almost three years ago i have had severe problems such as heavy bleeding, severe cramps and terrible mood swings. I am not the only person to have this problem i know several other women who have had these problems to. I would never recomend this procedure to anyone!!!
Ladybird
2006-08-16 14:01:11
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I was told by a friend that your sexual drive would dissapear after surgery. Is this true and why? :sigh 
Actually, it is not true. One of my friend had tubal ligation, but her sexual drive didn't dissappear. More to say, it increased!
Guest
2006-08-07 22:54:54
I was told by a friend that your sexual drive would dissapear after surgery. Is this true and why? :sigh
Guest
2006-06-05 21:18:18
Well I went through with this procedure in March '06 and I haven't had a period yet. What could be the cause of that?
LadyBird
2006-03-13 13:54:51
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So with this procedure of tubal ligation, the woman will not have any periods at all?  
Tubal ligation doesn't affect on menstrual cycle. Woman will have normal periods.  
 
How does it affect a womans hormones? 
The organism will still produce female hormones. There is no affect on skin, weight or breast.
Guest
2006-03-02 06:11:12
How does it affect a womans hormones?
Guest
2006-03-02 06:10:00
So with this procedure of tubal ligation, the woman will not have any periods at all?

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