Tubal Ligation

Definition - What does Tubal Ligation mean?

Tubal ligation is a surgical sterilization procedure commonly known as “getting your tubes tied” or “tubal sterilization”. Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure which permanently blocks the fallopian tubes to prevent pregnancy. Tubal ligation doesn’t affect the menstrual cycle. The procedure is considered permanent.

TheConsultation explains Tubal Ligation

Tubal ligation is an invasive surgical procedure which entails the blocking of the fallopian tubes, effectively preventing an egg from reaching the uterus, and therefore the sperm from reaching the unfertilized eggs.

The procedure is usually done laparoscopically and entails either the blocking of fallopian tubes by cutting certain parts off, clamping or tying them to prevent the egg’s pathway to the endometrium. A tubal ligation can also be done by removing the fallopian tubes altogether.

The procedure is considered permanent contraception, but prevents only pregnancy - it does not affect the menstrual cycle and it does not protect from STDs. A tubal ligation can theoretically be reversed, but the surgery is very complex and has a low success rate.

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