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Tubal Ligation

Tubal Ligation Procedures

Tubal ligation is a method to prevent pregnancy for women. The fallopian tubes are closed off through being tied, banded, clipped, sealed with electric current, blocked by scar tissue from small implants, or completely removed using this method. This is otherwise known as "having your tubes tied." 

By closing off the fallopian tubes, an egg will no longer be able to travel through the fallopian tubes from the ovaries while also disallowing sperm from traveling up the fallopian tubes to reach the egg. This procedure does not affect your monthly menstrual cycle.

Here are three common tubal ligation producers for your review:

Sterilization by Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy sterilization is a permanent form of birth control. The sterilization procedure is highly effective using the laparoscopic method. Other ways tubal sterilization can be performed is through a minilaparotomy or with a hysteroscopy, however, laparoscopy is one of the most popular methods.

This procedure is an outpatient surgery that has a fast recovery time which allows patients to return quickly to their everyday activities. All laparoscopic methods are immediately effective, usually performed under general anesthesia, and the time spent operating is short.

There are few complication risks involved in this procedure. The most common risk is associated with general anesthesia.

After sterilization, the chance of pregnancy is rare. If you do become pregnant, an ectopic pregnancy risk is higher than in women who did not use sterilization.

An ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus or within the fallopian tube.

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Postpartum Sterilization

Women who chose to have sterilization performed directly after giving birth will request Postpartum Sterilization. The ideal time for the procedure is within a few hours or days following the delivery taking into consideration that the fallopian tubes and enlarged uterus are still located right under the abdominal wall below the navel and haven't returned to the normal locations.

For women who had a cesarean delivery, the procedure is done directly following the birth of a baby.

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Essure

If you're considering a permanent solution for birth control that requires a minimally invasive procedure, Essure might be a great method for you. The procedure requires no cutting, no visible scars, and can be performed right in your doctor's office. 

Essure does not contain or release any hormones, you can return to normal activity within one to two days, and is highly effective at a rate of 99.3%. 

Only you and the help of your provider can decide if Essure is the right choice for you. 

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