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Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure to prevent pregnancy. It has commonly been called “getting your tubes tied.” It is also called female sterilization.

  • Tubal refers to the fallopian tubes. Each month, an egg is released from an ovary and travels through the fallopian tube to the uterus.
  • Ligation means to tie off. This prevents the egg and male sperm from connecting to prevent pregnancy.

Tubal ligation is permanent birth control. Although it may be reversed by another operation, only about 50% to 80% of women are able to become pregnant after having their fallopian tubes reattached. This surgery doesn’t prevent sexually transmitted diseases. You will still need to practice safe sex.

During this surgery, both fallopian tubes are blocked or cut. It is usually done in the hospital or in an outpatient surgical clinic. In most cases, you will be able to go home on the day of surgery. This method can also protect women from ovarian cancer.. especially if the fallopian tubes are removed.

Here is what you can probably expect at home:

  • You will be able to gradually resume your normal diet.
  • Some discomfort is normal.
  • Keep your incision areas dry for a few days. Follow your surgeon’s instructions on bathing and dressing care.
  • Gradually resume normal activities in a few days.
  • Avoid heavy lifting for a few weeks. Ask your surgeon when you can return to specific activities.
  • You may be able to return to sexual activity in about 1 week.

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