A popular form of birth control for women is tubal ligation. This procedure, also known as having your tubes tied or tubal sterilization, is a permanent form of birth control. While some women have had successful reversal surgeries, it generally is best to obtain this procedure only if you’re sure you no longer want to have children. Depending on your case, an Ogden Clinic OB/GYN may recommend a laparoscopic sterilization procedure to complete your tubal ligation.
To prevent pregnancy, the fallopian tubes are either cut or blocked. Since the fallopian tubes play a key role in delivering fertilized eggs to the uterus, their blockage prevents men’s sperm from reaching the eggs in the first place. Tubal ligation is a very effective form of birth control that requires no additional maintenance or action, and it will not affect the menstrual cycle or cause menopause.
A laparoscopic procedure is a better option for some women, as it is a minimally invasive surgery which boasts less recovery time and less blood loss, than an open surgery. During the procedure, you will be under general anesthesia so that your muscles can relax and so you won’t feel any pain. After you are asleep, the doctor will make a small incision near your navel. Your doctor will use a surgical tool, called a laparoscope, which has a camera attached to it, to pass through the incision and view the interior of the abdomen. Gases may also be used to inflate the abdomen so that your doctor can better view your organs.
Another small incision will be made along the pubic hairline through which a second tool will be passed which grasps the fallopian tubes and holds them in place for the sterilization procedure. Sterilization will either be performed using an electric current which causes the fallopian tube to clot, a band or clip will be used to seal the tube, or the tube will be cut. Once the sterilization is complete your doctor will remove the surgical tools and place a bandage over the incision sites.
A laparoscopic sterilization procedure at Ogden Clinic in Utah is an effective form of birth control for women who qualify. If you would like a permanent form of birth control, contact us today to schedule an appointment.